Region: McLaren Vale
First Glance: Brooding, Spicy, Juicy
A barrel selected blend of two single vineyard wines. The Grenache and Shiraz components were made separately and come blending for this wine we were looking for a wine that offered generosity, freshness of the varieties but also a drive of subtle tannin; a natural life line of preservation.
Darker expression from the 2022 vintage with green and black pepper/Chinese spice and a juicy raspberry core from the Grenache. There’s a touch of road tar and anise leading to darker primary fruit aromas. Quite a savoury fruit profile through the palate with a lovely chisel of medium weight tannins. A tighter version of the Grenache Shiraz highlighting the cooler growing season.
Gary Walsh, The Wine Front - 94pts
"An exotic thing, with plenty of pepper and five spice, blue and black fruit, baked raspberry pie, iodine, with a dried flower perfume. It’s medium-bodied, quite juicy in the blue and black fruit department, blackcurrant jubes, almost, a grainy grip to tannin, spicy and peppery, with rusty tannin and crisp cranberry acid crunch on a finish of good length. Plenty of energy here, with some sappy green notes, which add rather than detract. It’s quite intense as at now, but should improve with a little bottle age. Very good."