Category Archives: Grenache

2012 Chapel Hill Bush Vine Grenache

Usually my favourite wine in the Chapel Hill stable. Sweet raspberry, dark cherry and plum fruits. Plenty of spice and red strap licorice. Savoury trodden leaf balance. Hints of charred meat. Chocolatey, grainy tannin needs time to unwind but I … Continue reading

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2014 Longhop Rosé

A far greater sense of sweetness than the pale hue might indicate. So much for generalisations. Even straight out of the fridge it’s expressive. Redskins, pink flowers and icing sugar with counterpoints of bouquet garni. That sweetness on the front … Continue reading

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2011 Yangarra High Sands Grenache

Curious wine. Not so much on account of the quality displayed by the previous release or how good the 2012 looked when I had a sneak peak at it last month. More a matter of the 2011 Yangarra Estate Grenache … Continue reading

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2012 Byrne Family Limited Release Grenache

Production of 110 dozen sourced from Clare Valley bush vines ranging between thirty and eighty years of age. Around the medium-bodied mark with dark red berry-cherry fruit, sarsaparilla, charcoal overtones of black Cyprus salt and malt. Minty refreshment. The acidity … Continue reading

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2013 Head Wines Ancestor Vine Grenache

With vines planted in 1858 this easily meets the ‘Ancestor Vine’ criteria under the Barossa Old Vine Charter. 100% whole bunch. Perfume, structure and depth. Dense raspberry and purple fruit, lavender and Indian spice. Slightly sweeter and more jubey than the … Continue reading

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2013 Head Wines Old Vine Grenache

Once again, the same 70 odd year-old vineyard in Krondorf at the heart of the Barossa has been utilised for the Head Wines Old Vine Grenache and to great effect. Forget your raspberry beret and be done with the idea … Continue reading

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2009 SC Pannell Grenache

Certain unfortunate events led to a decision to liquidate my off-site cellarage in Melbourne late last year. My only bottles of this wine were lost in the process. We’ve moved onto the 2011 now but I spotted a single 2009 … Continue reading

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2013 Yelland & Papps Second Take Grenache

A lot of positivity around Grenache from the Barossa in 2013. This is my first look at an example and it doesn’t disappoint. Smells and tastes of Play doh, redcurrants, cherries and pressed and/or wilted flowers. The odd mulberry peak. … Continue reading

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2012 Elefante Garnacha

Less expensive and more impressive than the La Senda Tempranillo when tasted together. Imported by Fourth Wave Wines. Red fruited. Raspberries and cherries. Dried herbs, paprika, aniseed and a suggestion of orange peel. Spicy with a nice set of clumping … Continue reading

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2013 Cradle of Hills GiGi Grenache Rosé

It ain’t pale. Ruby red in the glass with a great deal of presence. There’s 10% Mourvèdre in the mix, complementing the Grenache. Rather floral with raspberries, red apples and peppery spice joined by an attractive earthiness. It has body and … Continue reading

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