Monday, July 9, 2012

2010 Ochota Barrels Fugazi Vineyard Grenache (Mclaren Vale)


There’s a lot of beautiful Grenache from the 2010 vintage in South Australia and this bottle from Ochota Barrels is for mine, pretty much at the top of the tree. It rivals the wonderful 2010 Head Old Vine Grenache from the Barossa, and I’m thinking these two wines would constitute a great Face-off in a few years time.

This wine is the product of a vineyard of 63 year-old dry grown bush vines. Evidently it produces some wonderful fruit. If there is truth to the notion that Grenache is the warm-climate Pinot Noir, then it is writ large with this wine. There’s no confection or heat here, and it has that unique sense of being both light, yet intense.

This Grenache is beautifully perfumed. Aromas of bright cherry, smoky undergrowth, and a hint of stalkiness. On the palate you are greeted by beautiful pure fruit before the wine becomes increasingly savoury and complex through to a long finish. While the stalk influence is evident, it’s in no way distracting, and is in fact an entirely positive element to this wine for the perfume, texture and complexity it brings to bear. By day 3 the wine had completely integrated and was singing. Do this Grenache justice by giving it a couple of years in the cellar first, and then savour this wonderful wine. 4.5 Stars




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RRP: $35
ABV: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Drink: 2014-2020


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