Medium-deep garnet colored, the 2009 Fifth Wave Grenache presents ripe black cherries and black raspberry notes with underlying hints of game, toast, spice box and underbrush. Very big, full bodied and voluptuous on the palate, it has a very crisp level of acid to lend freshness and medium to firm velvety tannins for support, finishing long and spicy. Delicious now, it should cellar to 2019+.
91+ points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (December 2011)
Glass-staining ruby. Potent, spice-accented aromas of black raspberry, mocha and candied flowers. Fleshy and open-knit on entry, then tighter in the middle, offering sweet dark berry and cherry flavors and a hint of spicecake. A vanilla note comes up with air and carries through a smooth, gently tannic finish.
92 points, Josh Raynolds (July 2013)
Colonel William Light, the South Australian colony’s Surveyor-General, named the Barossa in 1837 after the site of an English victory over the French in the Spanish Peninsular War. In the mid-1800’s Silesian and English immigrants settled in the area. The Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor at 270m.The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used. The valley is comprised of rich brown soils and alluvial sands. A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with many over 100 years old. Although most famous for Shiraz, the Barossa can also produce fragrant and deliciously fruity Grenache blends and beautifully rich, chocolatey Cabernet Sauvignons.