McLaren Vale grenache is having a bit of a renaissance. And when you pair it with the region’s most prominent variety in shiraz, you can’t go wrong. The grapes for this wine have been sourced from dry-grown old bush vines and put into concrete and old oak to really just add a bit of texture and seasoning rather than overt woody influence. The grenache provides that electric vibrancy and freshness which is supported by dense fruit from the shiraz. A magical blend that’ll have you rethinking what the Vale is capable of.
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McLaren Vale is a region that lives in the shadow of the hype of the Barossa. While it has played on Shiraz as its drawcard, and continues to battle (quite rightly) with the supreme power of the Barossa, perhaps the most exciting wines from this region are its old vine Grenache and Mataro (Mourvedre/Monastrell - whatever you want to call it), and its more recent foray into Spanish and Italian varietals. Both the sun's warmth and the reliable salty afternoon gully breeze make the climate closer to Mediterranean than many other Aussie regions, and some of the Fiano, Vermentino, Tempranillo and Sangiovese from here are sublime (to name only a few). Awareness, proper consideration and sense of place are key attributes to the region's success, and its recent win against urbanisation reinforces the value of the viticultural region.