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Saturday 25 June 2011

MDV Eden Valley Grenache 2008

It's interesting to note that the winemaker calls this wine "the Pinot of the Barossa" for, as a Grenache, it is rather light and perfumed - akin indeed to a Pinot.

On the nose, initially quite an intense perfume.  Grenache varietal aromas - that I went looking for, and this shows one of the downsides to knowing the varietal combined with limited tasting experience - a touch of prune, leather and polish.

Medium bodied, fruit drive palate.  Some maraschino cherry and a touch of boiled sweet.  The wine saw new French oak for only 9 months, allowing the fruit to shine.

The finish, showing a touch of spice, barely any tannin to speak of.  Savoury notes on conclusion, dare I say even a touch of mushroom.  Interesting pleasurable wine off of vines over 100 years old.  The vineyard is now leased by Richard Sheedy of Glen Eldon.

Lacks the intensity of other old vine Grenache, but that's what stands it out against others. Easy, pleasurable drinking offered.

Source: Retail
Price: $40 RRP
Alcohol: 15%
Closure: Screwcap


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