Tasting Notes :
Colour can be deceptive, Pinot like. It’s all about the lifted perfume and sweet scents of wild raspberries and cherry. Luscious, unctuously textured fresh fruits, cherry ripe and baked red earth of classic Heathcote soil, think spent shotgun cartridge. Medium bodied with good glycerin mouth feel and fresh thyme. Soft velvety texture, very fine and long tannin (50% whole bunch) with sweet mid palate of dried red earth, raspberry and spice.
Ageing: 10+ years
This Grenache is lighter framed, more medium bodied than a traditional full-bodied Grenache. It can be quite versatile when pairing it with food but I particularly like it with lighter flavoured game birds light pheasant and quail. Also a fillet of pork or braised rabbit would work well with this wine.
"After a hiatus, a return to grenache for winemaker Adam Foster. Instead of Foster’s old quarry of Rhone grenache, we see Heathcote grenache that finds 50% whole bunch in the ferment. Gentle treatment in winery, goes to old, large format oak too.
Ultra fragrant, floral and herbal whiffs, even pot pourri. Palate is berry sweet, not very sweet, but has a fruitiness and light candied note. More of the herb, spice, faint mintiness, cool breeze of stemsy-green-herbal freshness. Has a thickness but lift. Pleasing drink here."
92Pts, Mike Bennie, The Winefront