Hither & Yon Grenache Mataro 2016
Big fan of the packaging on these Hither & Yon wines. My family are too, with the distinctive ampersand on the bottle a massive hit at Monday night family dinner (‘oh I like those wines’).
This comes off a vineyard not far from Noon Winery in what you’d roughly call McLaren Flat ( I think). The Leask Brothers are switched on growers and these wines typically show plenty of sunny generosity (if sometimes a little heat). The blend here is 60/40 Grenache Mataro; a good mix.
Lots of juicy black and red berry fruit. Lovely. The tannins have a real sandy Grenachey shape to them (but with a licoricey oomph). Palate is silky smooth, slightly syrupy but really quite satisfying in its curranty flow, a big luscious wines that is very young, but exuberantly so. It could do with another year in bottle to integrate the bold flavours a little, but the flow of red fruit is undeniably attractive. Very well priced too.
Best drinking: 2018-2028. 17.7/20, 92/100+. 14.5%, $25. Would I buy it? I’d share a bottle for starters.