|Our Price: $26.50 / bottle (RRP: $36.66)||Case: 6 x 750 ml|
What is the current state of affairs for Grenache in Australia? Is the grape finally living up to its promise as the saviour of the Australian wine industry? Has Grenache become the go to planted wine for our slowly warming climate, where it thrives in the baking, sun-drenched Australian summers.
While the Grenache avalanche has quite hit full steam just yet, its thunderous murmurings appear to be on the horizon. Quality is ratcheting up as winemakers take hold, finally understanding the fine nuances that can mean the difference between sweet, confectionery driven red-fruit bombs, and the more complex and savoury driven wines of its traditional homeland in the Southern Rhone Valley and Spain.
In this case, you will find the current state of play for Grenache as it stands across Australia. From the spiritual homeland of the McLaren Vale, to the ancient bush-vines of the Barossa, and to the cooler climates of Heathcote and the Canberra districts, Grenache is on the rise and in this case, we celebrate its ascendancy.
Each six-pack will contain one bottle of the following wines:
2016 Clonakilla Ceoltoiri Grenache Shiraz Cinsault (Murrumbateman, NSW) RRP - $45
2015 Turkey Flat Barossa Valley Grenache (Barossa Valley, SA) RRP - $40
2013 Heathcote Estate Grenache Noir (Heathcote, Victoria) RRP - $33
2012 Chapel Hill Bush Vine Grenache (McLaren Vale, SA) RRP - $38
2014 Penny's Hill The Experiment Grenache (McLaren Vale, SA) RRP - $35
2016 Kalleske Clarry's Barossa Valley GSM (Barossa Valley, SA) RRP - $25
TASTING & WINEMAKING NOTES
2016 Clonakilla Ceoltoiri Grenache Shiraz Cinsault (Murrumbateman, NSW)
'A Chateau Neuf du Pape-inspired blend, this year with mourvedre (46%) the dominant component (usually grenache), with grenache, shiraz, cinsaut, counoise and roussanne, 100% whole berry ferments, matured in used French oak for 11 months. Light colour; a light-bodied wine with a complex web of flavours, spiced red and purple fruits to the fore. The alcohol is a positive contributor to a palate that keeps on building with new cadences not previously sense. Whatever else can be said, the length is seriously good.'
95 Points - James Halliday
'It “tastes nothing like a South Australian GSM”. Them’s fighting words from Tim Kirk. In the past Clonakilla’s Ceoltoiri has been grenache dominant; this release puts things in favour of mourvedre, with grenache, shiraz, cinsault, counoise and roussanne all contributing. It’s all whole berries and older oak. Exaggerated riffs of deli meat and spice run headlong into the pretty attraction of aniseed and florals. It’s a case of hook, line and sinker from the outset. It looks light in the glass but there’s ample cherry-berried fruit and enough personality to fill a room. There’s acid, there’s tannin, both presented without compromise, and yet neither get in the way. This is, simply, a treat of a wine.'
93 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
'Medium to light red/purple colour, quite pale for this style of wine, while the bouquet is tremendously perfumed and charming. There's a wonderful mix of floral and fruit scents with raspberry, strawberry, mint and fragrant balsamic herbs uppermost. The palate is intense and rich, warm - with no shortage of alcohol - as well as generous in focused, very aromatic fruit. Oak is barely apparent at all and the tannins are light and smooth, while adding just enough structure. Don't be misled by the colour: this is a powerful, flavoursome GSM style. '
93 Points - Huon Hooke
2015 Turkey Flat Barossa Valley Grenache (Barossa Valley, SA)
'Open-fermented with 10% whole bunches, 2 weeks on skins post-fermentation, matured for 8 months in large format used oak. One of a handful of Barossa Valley grenaches with the same weight and power of top flight McLaren Vale grenache. It has abundant red cherry, raspberry, blueberry and plum fruits allied with firm tannins, and no confection/Turkish delight nuances. Moreover, it will react positively to maturation.'
96 Points - James Halliday
'If you're going to splash some grenache this summer this one is hard to beat. Made from prized 100-year-old vines this wine is described by Turkey Flat as their winemaker's 'obsession' and it shows. Like a big box of Christmas cherries, it's generous, bright, bursting with farm-fresh, red cherry goodness and has the kind of soft, juicy sweetness that will put a smile on your face.'
4/5 Stars - Jane Thomson (Taste)
'Light bright cherry in colour, soft but alluring aromas of red berries and plums, bright zesty flavours and a finish which is smooth enough for current consumption and yet has enough grippiness to ensure that it will have a long life. An excellent example of the "new age" lighter brighter Grenache style, which so few wineries get right without leaving one with a mouthful of searing acidity on the finish. This is the way to do it- OUTSTANDING'
'Deep red/purple colour, with an intense spicy nose tinged with ginger and eucalyptus. It's rich and full, deep and lovely, with grip and density, depth and persistence. Some alcohol warmth on the aftertaste. A very smart and serious grenache.'
92 Points - Huon Hooke
'The grenache vines here were planted over 100 years ago. Each year, they still provide us with wine grapes from which we drink. Barossa grenache to a tee. Sweet and ripe and yet earthen and spicy. Firm-ish with tannin. Raspberried, tarry, a touch of campfire, plenty of juice, some warmth. The way tannin surrounds the fruit and keeps it all controlled and neat adds a touch of class; it elevates it. It’s clearly very good.'
92 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
2013 Heathcote Estate Grenache Noir (Heathcote, Victoria)
'Boiled lollies of the red variety with morello cherry jam, dried thyme and rosemary. There's some warmth to the palate but sufficient fruit weight and concentration to maintain its balance'
93 Points - Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine
'A fresh and lively wine led by its perfumed bouquet, with red cherries and raspberries doing a pas de deux on the equally lively palate, a whisper of tannins providing texture and length.'
92 Points - James Halliday
'Deep red/purple colour, with a wild herb aroma, thyme, oregano. A hint of oak vanilla. The palate is very savoury and drying with ample powdery tannins, a trace of licorice. Medium to full body, savoury and nicely textured; a very good wine starting to show some benefits of development'
90 Points - Huon Hooke
2012 Chapel Hill Bush Vine Grenache (McLaren Vale, SA)
'Clear, vivid crimson-purple; this is what Australian grenache is, or should be, about: scoops of cherry, raspberry and plum fruit sit in a web of gossamer tannins.'
94 Points - James Halliday
'Deepish red/purple colour. The nose is raspberry and mulberry-like, with some black cherry too, the last giving a pinot-like note. It's light to medium-bodied and smooth in the mouth, with fluffy-soft tannins and a great deal of charm. Delicious wine.'
93 Points, Huon Hooke
'This release is straight up and down but its quality is clear. A rip of sinewy tannin, straps of red liquorice-like fruit flavour, aniseed and black cherry in good measure and lots of warm, spice-shot, red berried fruit through the finish/aftertaste. Firmness of tannin suggests this will be best consumed given an extra few years in bottle.'
90+ Points - The Wine Front, Campbell Mattinson
'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 like its presence in the wine.'
92 Points - Jeremy Pringle
2014 Penny's Hill The Experiment Grenache (McLaren Vale, SA)
'Quite briary aromas, black and bell pepper. slightly dense, chewy wannins balanced by a sleek core of fruit. Very much on the savoury side with dried currant, black tea and smoky restraint. Dark earth, fertile and broody.'
94 Points - Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine
'It feels velvety as it rolls across the tongue and offers plenty of licorice and dark berried flavours. It's a crowd pleaser, with integrity, and deserves to be lapped up as a result.'
94 Points - Campbell Mattinson, Halliday Wine Companion
'This is a prime example of McLaren Vale Grenache. It's full-bodied and supple in feel, yet structured enough to support a fruit bowl of plums, raspberries and cherries. Clove and cinnamon notes add complexity to the fruit-filled finish.'
93 Points - Wine Enthusiast (USA)
'Deep red colour with a lick of purple, the bouquet black cherry and lush, super-ripe and decadently rich, cola-like flavours, the palate full-bodied and fleshy, opulent and luxurious, very ripe and delicious.'
93 Points - Huon Hooke
2016 Kalleske Clarry's Barossa Valley GSM (Barossa Valley, SA)
'Restrained brambly, briary aromatics. A wonderful velvety palate. Rich and concentrated with redcurrant, blackberry and dark plum flavours. Good weight, seamless texture, long. A couple of years in the bottle will see this wine soften and fill out further'
94 Points - Gourmet Traveller Wine
'A fresh gamey grenache-driven nose; smells spicey and licoricey. velvety in the mouth wiht a complexity of sweet briary fruit, pepper and wild ferment'
4.5 Stars - Winestate Magazine
'Deep, youthful purple/red hue. The bouquet likewise fresh and intense, berries, banana and pepper, a hint of jam; bright and young, tasting; rich and full, soft and rounded, but also very youthful, bright and a touch callow. Some firmness. Juicy, straightforward and delicious. And has a future.'
91 Points - Huon Hooke (Ranked No.1 of Grenache Blends in SA)
'Juicy and vivid, with black tea accents to the core of spiced plum, black licorice and gunpowder flavours. Notes of smoke and spice linger on the dense finish. Drink now through 2029'
90 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine
Trophy for Best Value Dry Red Wine - 2017 Sydney International Wine Competition