Cirillo 1850s Old Vine Grenache 2007

Oh dear, this wine is extremely good, and Cirillo joins my list of must watch wineries.  Winemaker Marco Cirillo works with 3 hectares of grenache vines planted in the 1850s in the Barossa Valley.  The wine presents as a bright ruby-garnet in colour.  A clean nose with a medium to pronounced intensity fragrance of spices, pepper, attractive oak and fruit cake.  In a word, “attractive”.  On the palate, medium acidity, medium to long length, medium tannins, plums, cherries, butter and high but balanced alcohol.  If you like grenache, this really is an outstanding wine to be sought out.  If you wouldn’t normally buy grenache, give it a go: it’s that good.  91 points.

Abv: 15.1%
Price: $48
Tasted: October 2011

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