The Old Faithful Northern Exposure Grenache 2010
Why is Grenache so hard to sell? It’s a variety that can provide so much drinking joy, is ideally suited to the sandy soils and hot summers that typify so many Australian wine regions and we have the oldest vines in the world. What can go wrong?
Wines like this certainly show what can be produced. Dark red coloured with ruby edges, this is a wine driven by fruit sweetness, the nose all soft, squishy, red raspberry fruit, the palate equally sweet if lumbered with just a dash of overripe fruit and some licorice to complement the light tannins..
A full style of Grenache, but genuine too in its jubey, sandy expression. Maybe a little sweet for some players, but no doubting the open Grenache joy here. So much to like. Drink nowish, as already soft and at its peak.
Details: 14.5%, Cork, $50
Tasted: March 2014 (sample)
Best drinking: 2015-2021
Score: 17.7/20, 92/100
Would I buy it? I’d be tempted by a glass or so.
Buy online: Adelaide Winemakers website