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This Weeks Reds August 17th 2019

This Weeks Reds feature a Sagrantino, gorgeous McLaren Vale Grenache and a Yarra Valley Shiraz.

Aphelion Wines The Ardent Sagrantino 2017 $41

I have had this wine a couple of times now and its an interesting wine to explore, it is so dark and brooding…Rob (Mack the Winemaker) has done an awesome job here. If you are a fan of Malbec or Zinfandel/Primitivo then this wine is for you.

Deep purple to almost black in colour. Meaty violets earth dark chocolate blackberries. A big wine, really fruity with a clean line of acid and fine to chalky tannins. Black berries plums cherries something quite earthy very smooth with a subtle tang balanced by the tannins. Layers of complexity. Definitely a thinking wine. 

Precipice Wines Hyde Park Vineyard Syrah 2015 $34

As I might have mentioned elsewhere, I am a big fan of Marty Singh at Precipice and what he does with Yarra Valley fruit, especially his Syrah. The Yarra seems to be tending towards Pinot and Chardonnay dominant production but occasionally a winemaker like Marty produces a gem like this one and you start to wonder why more Syrah is not made in the Yarra.

An earthy Rhone style Syrah offering savoury notes, pepper and spice combined with red berries, cranberries and currants. A gorgeous palate, at four years old the flavours have all settled in and knotted together, light in style but rich in flavour beautiful acids and fine almost imperceptible tannins. Hints of red fruit dance about but the main show is a rich vein of black and blue fruit.

Vanguardist V Grenache Blewitt Springs 2018 $50

This wine is definitely worth the price of admission.

I had Michael Corbett on the tasting table earlier this week showing me his latest releases. The last wine to show (after an impressive lineup and a super impressive Pet Nat) was the V Grenache from Blewitt Springs. Blewitt Springs is producing some phenomenal Grenache lately, and year on year it continues to become more impressive. The V Grenache is no different.

Vanguardist On The Tasting TableVanguardist Grenache on Pour

Light in style it is almost Pinot-esque, the colour is light red but don’t let that confuse you. This is Grenache. The aromas hit you straight away, tangy raspberries, rich blackberries, hints of dirt, liquorice and somewhere at the back are exotic spicy notes.

The palate is a more defined presentation of fresh raspberries, there is that slight fresh fruit tang that works really well with also. I suspect this will fold in further as the wine ages. Really balanced and light the tannins are ever so fine and acids are really soft. At the beginning of its life, I think that this is a gorgeous wine to drink now but time in the cellar can only be a good thing.

Because it is so light, there are a number of food options to share it with. Charred Veggies off the grill, grilled fish, barbecued lamb would be awesome but I think you could also get away with a bouillabaisse.

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