95 Points & Top 100 Wines of 2017 James Halliday
The 2015 vintage is a blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre, Shiraz, Cinsault and Carignan. These varieties are historically grown in the southern Rhone Valley of France near the Mediterranean, and are blended together to make the local wine. These varieties also have a natural affinity for the Barossa Valley.
The aroma is of cherries, strawberries, spice and Provencale herbs. The palate is wonderfully fresh and with juicy forest fruits, dried herbs and a creamy complexity derived from its maturation on yeast lees in old French oak barrels. The concentrated fruits, fine tannin and perfectly integrated acid complete the wine. 62% Grenache, 16% Shiraz, 14% Mourvèdre, 6% Cinsault. and 2% Carignan
“The balance is right here. It’s fruit-driven but savoury-spiced; it’s not heavy but it’s not light; it flows; it ripples out through the finish. The blend feels right on the money. Can’t go wrong. All the equations add up.” – 92 Points Campbell Mattinson
“50% grenache, 23% mourvedre, 22% shiraz with 5% of cinsaut and carignan, 15% whole bunches, matured in used French oak for 16 months. There are no other Barossa Valley Rhone blends wine with this composition and sheer elegance. It is willowy and savoury, with mouth-cleansing acidity, yet also with a garland of diverse red fruit flavours, all fresh, none sticky or jubey. Simply lovely.” – 95 Points & Top 100 Wines of 2017 James Halliday