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2016 Wirra Wirra Absconder Grenache

McLaren Vale

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Our Price: $54.99 / bottle (RRP: $70.00 ) Case: 6 x 750ml

'Berry, mint and chocolate flavours, full and intense with a brightness from acidity and firm tannins.'
95 Points - Huon Hooke

  • From some of the oldest Grenache blocks in McLaren Vale, came the opportunity to create a wine whose heritage dates back to our founder Robert Strangways Wigley’s time. Wigley was an eccentric whose lust for life had at times seen him fall foul of the law in his home town. In fact, one episode involving the ‘acquisition’ of the famous Adelaide pie-cart and a joy ride through the city streets was the catalyst for banishment to McLaren Vale. However Wigley did not abscond into the wilderness. He became known for his world class wines - including fortifieds made with the grenache of the day - and helped to build the reputation of McLaren Vale.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    The fruit for The Absconder Grenache is hand picked from the Blagrove and G.J. Wait vineyards. The soil types vary from deep sands over ironstone, to red loam clays with weathered ironstone and sandstone.

    The two vineyard parcels were hand harvested at optimal fruit flavour and tannin ripeness. Fruit was gently crushed and destemmed to two-tonne open fermentation vessels, some of which had a small component of whole bunches. During the twelve-day fermentation, fruit was hand plunged and pumped over to extract the desired level of tannins, colour and flavour. Wines were pressed via basket to stainless steel and on the completion of primary fermentation, filled to seasoned French oak puncheons for nine months. Wine was racked and returned twice during this period, lightly fined and filtered prior to bottling.

    TASTING NOTES

    Deeper crimson with a bright edge. Heady and lifted with liqueur cherry and wild raspberry. Asian spice, ginger, red licorice and rose petal florals form a deep and complex bouquet. On the palate, the combination of succulent red berries, Turkish Delight and darker, concentrated brooding fruits and florals is framed by lithe, sandy tannins. A wine of layers and grace.

  • REVIEWS

    'Deep red/purple colour, youthful, with a definite minty edge to the bouquet, and hints of leather and fresh earth. The palate rich and fruit-sweet, with a certain succulence that often sets Grenache apart. Berry, mint and chocolate flavours, full and intense with a brightness from acidity and firm tannins. The wine has structure such as is rarely found in pure Grenache wines.'
    95 Points - Huon Hooke

    'Perfumed and spicy, with rich cherry liqueur and raspberry, dried mint, and a tea-like earthiness. Medium bodied, smooth uptake of cherry and red berries, a silkiness and gloss, with the gently abrasive swipe of pumice stone tannin. Spicy and exotic, with a satisfying finish of fine length. It unfurls, grows and glows in the glass. It’s more evidence that Australian Grenache is in a very good place at the moment.'

    94 Points - Gary Walsh



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