Grenache is right at home under the McLaren Vale sun, and this six-pack demonstrates that Shiraz isn’t the only heavy hitter in the iconic region. Red fruit, spice, and everything nice, here are three top-notch expressions (two of each) from standout producers. One has a decade of bottle age. You can get the lot for 50% off RRP.
In this pack, you will find two bottles each of the following wines:
Clarendon Hills Clarendon Grenache 2010
Ox Hardy Blewitt Springs Grenache 2019
Heirloom Vineyards Alcala Grenache 2019
A rendering of fifty-year-old, dry-grown bush vines from the Blewitt Springs district, this has a beautiful, floral layer of violet-like aromas with blueberries and raspberries, sitting super fresh. The palate has a very fresh, elevated central core of red fruit that is built on fine, fine tannins. Really elegant.
94 points, JamesSuckling.com (May 2020)
Medium garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Clarendon Grenache offers up notes of kirsch and red currant preserves with touches of eucalyptus and dried Provence herbs. Full-bodied and showing a great concentration of red berry and dried mint flavors, it has lively acid, medium levels of chewy tannins and long finish. Drink it now to 2019+.
93+ points, Wine Advocate (February 2013)
Attractive blackberries and raspberries, as well as a spicy-oak edge. The palate has the same berry mix with more exotic, pink-grapefruit tones. Smooth, supple and rounded texture.
93 points, JamesSuckling.com (May 2020)
One sip and I was hooked. Ok so there’s some warmth to this but the flavour profile and shape are both A Class. It certainly had me diving in for more. Licorice, blueberry, raspberry and woodsy spice notes. It’s lively, buoyant and generous at once. There’s a feeling of luxury to it. But then it’s well-honed through the finish too. Scoring it is difficult; that warmth is noticeable but then the enjoyment factor is ultra high. In the end I was 93-94.
93 points, The Wine Front (April 2020)
Vivid purple hue; a deeply black fruited wine, showing how ripe grenache can get in the region without overstepping the mark; ferrous and bloody, with bitter chocolate, garrigue herbs and mocha in abundance; the tannins are chewy, yet in step with the extravagant fruit on offer.
94 points, Wine Companion (January 2013)