WA 92 The 2005 Grenache Clarendon is dark ruby-colored with an enticing bouquet of violets, damp earth, and sappy black cherry. This leads to a ripe, velvety-textured, intensely fruity, structured wine which will evolve for 4-5 years and drink well through 2020. JM Oct 2007.
WA 91 The Grenache offerings begin with the purple-colored 2007 Grenache Clarendon. It offers up an expressive nose of spice box, cassis, and cherry compote. Structured on the palate, it has outstanding depth and concentration, savory flavors, and 2-3 years of aging potential. JM Dec 2009.
WA 92+ The 2007 Grenache Hickinbotham delivers a bit more aromatic complexity, Cedar, underbrush, black cherry, and black currant aromas lead to a richly fruited, firm, layered wine. This lengthy effort should evolve for another 3-4 years and drink well for a decade. JM Oct 2009.
WA 92 The 2006 Grenache Kangarilla Vineyard is the most fragrant of the Grenache offerings as well as the most pleasure-bent. It should be drunk up during its first decade of life. JM Feb 2009.
WA 91+ The 2007 Grenache Kangarilla has excellent floral notes in its perfume and plenty of density on the palate but this structured effort will also require several years of cellaring. JM Dec 2009.
WA 90 The 2004 Grenache Clarendon Hills exhibits a lovely dark ruby color along with a big, sweet kiss of black cherry liqueur intermixed with hints of tobacco leaves and resiny pine forest scents. Aromatic, smooth, velvety textured, and sexy, this is a full-bodied, delicious Grenache to drink over the next 7-8 years. RPJ Oct 2006.
93 | Vinous , Antonio Galloni. Deep ruby. Explosive raspberry, blackberry and blueberry scents, along with suave Asian spices and fresh rose. Mouth-filling red berry flavors offer impressive clarity and silky texture for such volume. Velvety tannins add shape to this dense, strikingly sweet fruit bomb. I'd be tempted to drink it now, just to wallow in the seductive fruit.
WA 92 The 2006 Grenache Onkaparinga was reviewed as a barrel sample in Issue 173. Purple-colored, it has a reticent bouquet of black cherry, plum, and boysenberry. Layered on the palate with ample sweet fruit, this lengthy effort will deliver pleasure through 2016. JM Dec 2009.
WA 93 My favorite of the 2007 Grenache cuvees is the 2007 Grenache Onkaparinga. Aside from being the most approachable, it has the most enticing perfume with its notes of underbrush, incense, lavender, black cherry and blackberry liqueur. Velvety but with some underlying tannin, it has succulent fruit, impeccable balance, and a lengthy finish. It will benefit from 1-2 years of cellaring but can be enjoyed now. JM Dec 2009.
***The 2016 Grenache has won the Jimmy Watson Trophy for Best Young Red 2017*** . The 2017 vintage was excellent.Very limited production. “Predominantly from 100+-yo vines on the home vineyard. Here the cherries are red, the raspberries dark, and fine tannins run throughout the palate. It is an iconic wine, and while the yields are less than those from younger vines, the quality is markedly consistent from year to year, with none of the confection that is common in the Barossa Valley. This is a grandstand bargain, winner of the Jimmy Watson Trophy '17.” James Halliday.
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