Clandestine Grenache 2015*
Many Southern Rhone varieties were planted in Australia a long time ago. Most, unfortunately, were yanked out in favour of Shiraz as that Northern Rhone variety became more fashionable. Even today, Grenache does not carry the same cache as Syrah. Those who kept the faith are finally being rewarded. The G grape is many times more interesting. Decidedly more floral, it is also – when the yield is kept in check – a wine of greater dazzling complexity. This is the first vintage of Clandestine Grenache from Vinaceous Wines, a highest 5-star rated winery of Australia by James Halliday in his Companion 2021 book. The vines are unirrigated and – like in Chateauneuf-du-Pape – stand on their own as in a “gobelet”, otherwise known in Australia as “bush vines”. The 93-year old Grenache vines sit 150 metres above sea level in the small hilly township of Clarendon, arguably the greatest place in the world for Grenache outside the Southern Rhone. Hand harvested, after fermentation, the juice was aged in seasoned French hogsheads. Ruby with a light tawny rim. Fragrant, including violets and red/blue/purple fruit. Silky tannins with a gentle grip on the finish. Freshness and fruitiness. Simply delicious. Enjoy and savour in a round, big Burgundy glass. Pour a generous portion!
*Editor’s Note: On 28 September 2020, our new website www.wineguru.com.sg will be offering Clandestine Grenache 2015 and five other wines at an exception price!