Pirramimma Ironstone Grenache 2016
- Textured, savoury
- McLaren Vale
This is a pretty damn cool wine. The grapes come off the 75-year-old War Horse vineyard in the Vale. These are gnarly old dry grown vines that have to push their roots through two layers of ironstone (hence the name) to reach their nutrients. This causes extremely low yields and an extremely high concentration of flavour. The wine sees 50% new French oak in large 600 litre puncheons, providing some texture, spice and structure to complement the fruit component that’s driven by older oak ageing. The nose expresses raspberry, pomegranate and cedar, while the palate adds cranberry, red currant, nutmeg and Christmas pudding. The wine is dense and delicious, yet bright and lively. Not too shabby for the fruit of some old gnarly vines.
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- McLaren Vale
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- 100% Grenache
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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.