Save over $100 on this seven bottle Grenache selection looking at McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley and a peek at Langhorne Creek. Explore the contemporary style of the 2019 Magnolia from An Approach To Relaxation, enjoy Schild Estate’s classic take on the genre with 2019 Old & Survivor Vine Grenache, and everything in between.
In this mixed seven-bottle selection, you’ll find one each of the following; Bleasdale Vineyard Langhorne Creek Grenache 2019 Heirloom Vineyards Alcala McLaren Vale Grenache 2020 Paralian Wines Blewitt Springs McLaren Vale Grenache Shiraz 2018 Schild Estate Old & Survivor Vine Barossa Valley Grenache 2019 Ox Hardy Blewitt Springs McLaren Vale Grenache 2020 An Approach To Relaxation Magnolia Vine ValeGrenache 2019 Schwarz Wine Company Meta Barossa Valley Grenache 2019
Nothing shy about this. It's intensely flavoured yet quite perky. Very sweet cherries and ripe raspberries dipped in aged balsamic vinegar give the impression of heft but it comes in under full-bodied with neat savoury tannins to close.
92 points, Wine Companion (January 2020)
A bright and clear medium ruby colour. Lavender, blue fruits and smoked-meats on the nose. The palate is medium to full-weighted, smoked and charred meats, blackberries and dried herbs wash throughout. A well-built interplay of bright acid and savoury tannins gives a sense of tension, which in turn runs it long into the finish. Still all very primary so give it some cellar time for now
92 points, The Real Review (February 2021)
A 52/48% blend vinified separately. The colour is deeper than the Grenache, the bouquet and palate both making an immediate impact with juicy layers of plum and blackberry fruit and a soft cushion of tannins to close. Balance and structure are the DNA of the best McLaren Vale red wine.
96 points, Wine Companion (July 2019)
Tightly packed, reticent, almost what you might call ‘sullen’ at present. Black and red fruits, liquorice, dried herb and smoky notes. It’s medium-bodied, dark fresh berries and dried herb with a toasty flavour, crisp acidity, firm dense tannin, and slightly charry finish of freshness and length. Will be very good given a few years grace.
93+ points, The Wine Front (August 2019)
It’s from two vineyards, one planted in 1926 and the other in 1985. The one planted in 1985 is considered an old vineyard, which makes me feel old.
It’s a fine grenache. It feels quality from the outset. It’s quite licoricey, red and black, with raspberry, sweet spice, subtle clove and graphite-like notes whispered through. It has a well-managed firmness; just enough. Oak influence feels relatively minor but drinkability feels relatively major.
93 points, The Wine Front (October 2020)
Medium to full ruby colour with a brick rim, not purple, while the bouquet has licorice and earthy-savoury notes and seems quite developed. Chocolate-coated licorice bullets. The palate is light to medium-weighted, emphatic, concentrated and firm at the end, the flavour lingering on well.
91 points, The Real Review (January 2021)
A blend from Barossa grenache vines classified as “Old” – 35 years – and “Survivor” – 70 years. The result is less traditional than the components might suggest with notable floral aromas, hints of Turkish Delight, licorice, raspberry, and earthy notes on the nose. It’s very fragrant and the flavours are fruit-sweet but not jammy. It has lovely velvety flow in the mouth and good depth of flavour without undue heaviness. Soft ripe tannins and a long licorice-accented finish complete the picture. Drinking well right now.
92 points, The Real Review (February 2021)
This is a taut, structural release. Tensions are high. Spice and twig notes but with jubey fruit through the centre. Licorice. And smoke. Perfumed. It doesn’t quite have the emphasis – or the gorgeousness – of the excellent 2019 but it yet has plenty going for it.
90 points, The Wine Front (April 2021)
Made using 10% whole-bunch and aged 6 months in old wood, it’s a gentle, perfumed wine, middling ruby in colour with aromas of plums and subtle spice, against a mellowing thread of seasoned oak. Silky and medium-bodied, it has attractive sour cherry flavours and a fine, dry underlying structure.
92 points, The Real Review (April 2021)
Really pretty, fragrant and lifted, with red fruits, geraniums, musk and dried herbs. There's a lovely softness and openness to the palate, with cherry, strawberry, a touch of spiciness. There's also a textural creaminess to the wine that keeps seducing you. The palate has a grip of tannins and purpose, and the crunchy acidity keeps all aspects right and proper.
93 points, The Real Review (April 2021)
A Langton’s exclusive from now. From Neldner Vineyard in Vine Vale, 90 year old vines. A separate vineyard from the usual AATRM. Christian Canute finished the wine for the AATRM team, stuck overseas with COVID. Old oak here.
Strong raspberry liquorice, game meat, pot pourri, alpine herb and pretty spice characters. Slurpy texture, fine, silty tannins, edgy-nervy blood orange acidity, a squelchy feel as it finishes with light malty notes. Loose knit, generous in flavour, medium weight. Good drinking here; simple done well with some elevation of character.
92 points, The Wine Front (November 2020)
A confluence of 75 to 90yo vines from Bethany to Marananga. Fermented under the guise of wild yeast, as is this address' wont. 91% whole-bunch. Old oak solo (10%) and tank, largely. This is a delicious mid-weighted grenache that has been reeled in just a bit early. Slaty tannins curtailing sandalwood, tangerine rind and raspberry.
91 points, Wine Companion (March 2020)