What a joy these Yalumba Grenache wines are. Pure celebrations of old vines, and complemented by winemaking that is deliberately understated.
Well fucking done.
This Yalumba Tri-Centenary Grenache 2015 is the top tier of the range and it’s a beautiful wine. From bush vines planted in 1889, it combines welcome red fruit with a smorgasbord of savoury flavour that you’d historically have to go to Chateauneuf-du-Pape to see in something Grenache-based (but not anymore).
Raspberry, leather, fennel, more raspberry and bone broth. There’s a line of ferrousness here that adds an extra dimension, the tannins giving another layer. Did I mention that this spends 41 days on skins? I feel like a broken record, but long skin contact in great wines = wonderful tannins profiles. This has the brightness of fruit to match as well, the whole package is balanced, long and ultimately delicious. Yes yes.
Best drinking: now to ten plus years. 18.7/20, 95/100. 13.5%, $65. Would I buy it? World class quality for $65? I’m in.