Lot 13 Grenache 2007
$22, Screwcap, 15.5%
This comes from James Hook (he of Lazy Ballerina fame) and is sourced from a single vineyard in Mclaren Vale.
It’s a nice drink this. It carries the warmth of the vintage with aplomb, capped of with some rather careful oak treatment. On the nose it’s red licorice, rum & raisin chocolate oak and scorched earth warm fruit. Ripe but nicely varietal, with very attractive oak. Palate is rich but not sweet, with dark chocolate wood flavours mingling with quite firm red savoury fruit. Warm finish with a flood of earth and bitumen Grenache heartiness.
It’s not typically a style I enjoy, but I did find this rather attractive. Was popular around the dinner table too (if noted as a fraction warm). Good stuff. 17.5/91