McLaren Vale visit

I visited McLaren Vale briefly with my fellow MW students in November, with stops at Coriole and Noon.  Some vineyard pictures and brief comments follow. (Above) Shiraz vines at Coriole, against a backdrop of dry fields.  Some (possible) wind damage on shoot tips on right hand side. Fruit set on 1919 shiraz vines at Coriole.Continue reading “McLaren Vale visit”

Viñedos Real Rubio Crianza Rioja 2010

There’s a lot of value to be had in red Rioja. This Rioja crianza is 8 years old and an 80/20 blend of tempranillo and graciano. It saw 18 months in barrel and is from an organic vineyard. In the glass, there are aromas of game, cedar, leather, spice and red fruits. The tannins areContinue reading “Viñedos Real Rubio Crianza Rioja 2010”

Granja Remelluri Rioja Gran Reserva 2009

Remelluri is a serious estate wine Rioja producer.  The Gran Reserva remains in the winery for 7 years before release, sees a substantial 27 months in barrel and is a blend of mostly tempranillo and garnacha, with cameos from graciano, moscatel, malvasia and viura.  So a blend of almost all of the Rioja varieties, redContinue reading “Granja Remelluri Rioja Gran Reserva 2009”

Tasting a chambourcin; d’Arenberg The Peppermint Paddock Sparkling Red NV

Here two interests – lesser known grape varieties and wine styles – unexpectedly meet with a sparkling red blend of 63% chambourcin, 20% shiraz and 17% graciano.  Chambourcin is a hybrid grape variety (so not a vitis vinifera) that tolerates wet weather well and is winter hardy, characters that admittedly do not appear ostensibly usefulContinue reading “Tasting a chambourcin; d’Arenberg The Peppermint Paddock Sparkling Red NV”