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 […]

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 […]

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.

d’Arenberg The Custodian McLaren Vale Grenache 2016

This is a very good example of McLaren Vale grenache and a steal at $20. The 2016 vintage has aromas of earth, redcurrant and spice. The palate has firm and structured tannins, that surprise with their vigour. Drink now or over the next 6-8 years. Rating: Good to Very Good. Abv: 14.5%. Price: $20. Website: […]

Clefs des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2015

This is a delicious Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a region whose wines I taste infrequently.  From the 2015 vintage, the Clefs des Papes has aromas of savoury plums, stones and smoke.  The palate has great length and is moreish.  This is a great value CNP that is ready to drink now.  Rating: Very Good. Abv: 14.5%. Price: $50. […]

d’Arenberg The Derelict Vineyard Grenache McLaren Vale 2014

This is another excellent grenache from d’Arenberg in McLaren Vale.  Deeply coloured (for grenache), the 2014 vintage has savoury aromas of chocolate, liquorice and cherry.  The palate is full bodied with well integrated ripe fruit and cedar characters, and very good length on the finish.  Ready to drink now, this is a very good example […]

d’Arenberg The Bonsai Vine Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre McLaren Vale 2016

The 2016 vintage of d’Arenberg’s “The Bonsai” GSM is a blend of 48% grenache, 47% shiraz and 5% mourvèdre.  It is quite reticent in its aroma, with some red berry characters.  The palate is baked and full bodied in impression, with sweet and savoury edges and somewhat prominent acidity.  Ready to drink now, this is […]

d’Arenberg The Ironstone Pressings Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre 2016

Image courtesy of d’Arenberg d’Arenberg’s “The Ironstone Pressings” continues its form as a benchmark McLaren Vale GSM.  A blend of 70% grenache, 25% shiraz and 5% mourvèdre, the 2016 vintage is savoury and earthy, but with ripe and full flavoured fruit underneath.  The palate is full bodied, viscous and has quite firm but ripe tannins […]