Dodgy Brothers Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2011 (McLaren Vale, SA)
15.5%, Cork, $32
Have a quick squizz at the Dodgy Bros website if you have a moment. Like the bottle it is nothing if not quirky, even if that name is, well, dodgy.
A pretty impressive wine actually and quite amazingly ripe for the vintage. A blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Shiraz and 10% Mourvedre, the fruit drawn from a vineyard in the Sellicks foothills. 880 six packs produced. pH 3.53 TA 6.5.
Ruby red in colour with a lifted, candied Grenache nose full of alcohol esters and ripe red fruit. The palate is very sweet, sweet oaked and rather plush, finishing long, warm and raspberry cordialed. Super ripe but surprisingly not dried out, the finish is a little soft but curranty and juicy if noticeably alcohol warm.
There’s plenty to like about this really, that red lolly fruit sweetness and Vale bitumen black fruit decadence making for a pretty affable, suitably intense wine. Looking forward to seeing the, likely even more impressive, 2012 edition too. Good.
Score: 17.5/20 91/100
Would I buy it? No but I’d recommend it.