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Rockford Dry Country Grenache 2016

Rockford’s dry country grenache from the 2016 vintage and the Barossa is a small quantity wine that does not appear to be generally available.  It was purchased directly from the producer. I don’t have much further information about it, but if you do, please chime in. I am not much of a grenache drinker and tend to gravitate towards the more savoury and humble unoaked Côtes du Rhône versions, than the richer styles from Châteauneuf du Pape, Spain and McLaren Vale. But I really enjoyed this wine.  It is full bodied with flavours of cherry, light tannins and medium length on the finish. A balanced wine that is ready to drink now. Rating: Good to Very Good.  Website: https://www.rockfordwines.com.au. Reviewed: June 2020.

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Rusty Mutt Rocky Ox GSM 2018

This wine is a blend of grenache, shiraz and mourvèdre (mataro) from Rusty Mutt in McLaren Vale. It opens to aromas of red berries. The palate is full bodied and consistent with the McLaren Vale GSM style where the tannins are a little firmer and more structured than expected for a grenache blend, but always with no edges. Ready to drink now, this is an enjoyable wine. Rating: Good. Abv: NR. Price: $25. Website: http://rustymutt.com.au. Reviewed: May 2020.

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Tardieu-Laurent Côtes du Rhône Villages Les Becs Fins 2017

This is a heady Côtes du Rhône Villages wine. It opens to spicy and peppery aromatics.  The palate is full bodied and the length on the finish medium. Spices, rosemary and some raisined, but savoury, fruit emerges with time.  Ready to drink now.  Rating: Good. Abv: 14.0.  Price:  $20.  Website:  http://tardieu-laurent.fr/en/la-maison-2/.  Reviewed:  May 2020. 

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Château Paul Mas Languedoc 2018

From the Languedoc in the south of France, this is a delicious wine that enormously over delivers at $21. It appeals as a crossover style with new world style ripe fruit built on a savoury old world structure. The wine opens to aromas of cracked pepper, rich spicy dark fruit and coconut. The palate is full bodied, has soft tannins and a savoury lilt. Ready to drink now, this is a great value wine. Rating: Good to Very Good. Abv: 14.5. Price: $21. Website: http://www.paulmas.com/en/domains/chateau-paul-mas/. Source: Sample. Reviewed: April 2020.

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Domaine de Courbissac Les Traverses Minervois 2015

From Minervois in the south of France, Les Traverses from Domaine de Courbissac is a grenache, syrah and mourvèdre blend. It has sweet smelling aromas of spice and cooked fruit compot. The palate is full bodied with medium acidity and soft tannins. Rating: Good. Abv: 13.0. Price: $35. Website: NA. Reviewed: April 2020.

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Conde Valdemar Rioja Rosé 2018

Rosé is just right for these hot summer days. Here’s another one, this time a blend of garnacha (aka grenache) (70%) and viura (a white wine grape commonly known as macabeo outside of Rioja) (30%). This rosé is an easy to appreciate with a full bodied and dry expression of strawberries, some refreshing acidity and no oak. An on trend salmon pink in colour. Ready to drink now. Rating: Acceptable to Good. Abv: 12.5%. Price: $16. Website: https://valdemar.es/en. Reviewed: December 2019.

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Young & Co Berry Riot French Grenache 2018

The label is certainly bright, but the wine in the glass is good and it’s smart to keep French labels simple. A Vin de France, this grenache presents as fresh and enjoyable. It has aromas of redcurrants and strawberries. The palate is spicey, with a pleasant balance and length on the finish. Ready to drink now, the wine presents as both varietal and typical of the southern French grenache style. Rating: Good. Abv: 14%. Price: $23. Website: bws.com.au. Source: Sample.

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Delas Frères Ventoux 2017

From the Ventoux in the southern Rhône valley, this is a delicious grenache and syrah blend. It reminds of soft red fruits and has a plush, moreish palate. Ready to drink now, this is great value at $19. Rating: Good. Abv: 14%. Price: $19. Website: delas.com.

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Rive droite, rive gauche Côtes du Rhône 2017

This is a very drinkable grenache, syrah and mourvèdre blend from the Côtes du Rhône. There are aromas of red fruits, and a balanced palate with soft tannins. Ready to drink now, this wine is best served chilled. Rating: Good. Abv: 13.5%. Price: $21. Website: NA.

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d’Arenberg d’Arry’s Original Shiraz Grenache McLaren Vale 2016

This is another well made shiraz grenache from d’Arenberg and very good value at $20. It has aromas of spice and red fruits. The palate is full bodied, soft and plush. Ready to drink now, this wine can be consumed over the next 5 years. Rating: Good. Abv: 14%. Price: $20. Website: darenberg.com.au. Source: Sample.