This wine has good intensity of colour for a grenache. It opens to quite attractive smokey aromas. The palate is sweet fruited with dark plums, licorice and eucalyptus in the background. There is towards long length on the finish, firm tannins (for grenache) and a not unattractive bitter character. This is an interesting and complex wine that it is a very good example of McLaren Vale grenache. $29 is well spent on this wine. Rating: Very Good. Abv: 14.2%. Price: $29.
Here’s another good grenache, this time a GSM blend. Medium intensity of colour. The aromas of this wine are quite jammy, with plum and popcorn oak notes. But mostly of primary fruit. The palate is medium to full bodied with quite fine tannins and medium length. Rating: Good to Very Good. Alc 13%. Price: $29
Switching now to chardonnay. Lemon in colour. Pleasant aroma of lemons and florals. The palate is dry with a touch of oak influence. Mediumish body and acidity. Nice length and a very light spritz to freshen palate. A sound chardonnay. Rating: Good. Abv: 13.7%. Price: $25.
Very fragrant with mandarin, herbal, sauvignon like aromas and green apple suggestions. A smidgen of oak is there. The palate is dry, medium bodied with talc and almond notes and some spritz and gentle length on the finish. Hard to fault at $15. Rating: Good. Abv: 13.3%. Price: $15.
The Footbolt McLaren Vale Shiraz 2015
This is deeply coloured next to the grenache. There is an aroma of cedar, herbs and cedar. There some evidence of oak, some new. The palate reminds of olive and mint characters. Acids and tannins present firmly. Rating: Acceptable to Good. Abv: 14.5%. Price: $18