This is a grenache, but done really well. One of the best.
The 2017 Samuel’s Gorge Grenache is elegant, opening with peppery blood orange and cinnamon. Hints of amaro, field strawberries and undergrowth abound before light, delicate tannins flood the mouth with cherry, faint liquorice and soft red fruits, leaving a fresh acid zing and persistent spice-laden finish. Enjoy with de-boned garfish wrapped in vine leaf and brik pastry with tabouleh salad.
"There's something about this wine which just has some wicked gravitating pull. If I had to list my ten 10 slurp factor wines, this would be in the mix hands down.
The mouthfeel is pinotesque. Gorgeously light to medium bodied, scents of red flowers, rose hip and soy. Sour cherries to taste early before all attention turns to soft raspberries and strawberries aided by some earthy kicks. Long and juicy with a dusting of fine brown spices to wave you off, I may or may not have demolished the bottle myself. No one loses here. Charge at this. Drink now to five years." www.qwinereviews.com
Where this wine comes from - McLaren Vale
Just south of Adelaide in South Australia, McLaren Vale is a red wine drinker’s haven, producing rich, velvety textured reds the state is known for. Looking over St Vincent Gulf, the maritime influence in McLaren Vale helps to keep summer temperatures down while the steady temperatures are perfect for producing balanced reds that are certainly easy on the palate. In a similar vein to the Barossa, McLaren Vale hangs its hat on Shiraz, but similarly, Grenache and Mourvèdre play a strong supporting role – perhaps outshining the star of the show on occasion! Certainly its GSM blends deserve recognition, producing seamless wines. Enjoying its Mediterranean climate, it comes as no surprise that the wines of McLaren Vale are perfect with hearty Italian dishes – ragout, pizza, or an antipasto platter – you can’t go wrong.