Sherrah Red et Al, McLaren Vale
Grenache (around three-quarters of the blend) comes from the Lacey vineyard in the Tatachilla sub-region of southern McLaren Vale. Bush vines planted on their own roots from cuttings taken from old Barossa Grenache. Deep alluvial sand over a clay base, unirrigated. The Shiraz comes from the same vineyard, but higher up on the hill with sandy loam over limestone base scattered with ironstone fragments, 1654 clone on its own roots. The Nero comes from the Petrucci vineyard east of the McLaren Vale township. The Grenache is handpicked and fermented with around 15% whole bunch. All parcels are fermented separately and then blended into seasoned French Hogs Heads and Puncheons.
Grenache, Shiraz and Nero from rugged sexy man Alex Sherrah.
Raspberry, spice and black jelly bean perfume. It’s bright and crunchy, spicy and purple tasting, a smattering of dried herb and cured meat through juicy fruit. Tannin is kind of grainy and sticky, but subtle, and the finish is briary and pretty long. Takes a little chill quite nicely, and does the nouveau red thing very well.
92 point, Gary Walsh (January 2019)