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Saturday, 1 September 2012

Tscharke 'Barossa Grounds' Marananga Grenache 2010

There are some good signs emerging from within the Australian wine industry.  Take for example the increasing focus from producers on wines with a specified notion of place.  That is wines from named locales, vineyards or on a more micro-scale from specified portions of a vineyard.

Tscharke’s Barossa Grounds collection is one such example and this Grenache hails from their Gnadenfrei (literally "Freed by Grace") vineyard in the Barossa’s Western Ridge and the Marananga sub-region.  Typically wines here can be amongst the richest in the region.  This is no exception.

Raspberry and plum, not sweet or confected, nor jammy – you can smell the high quality source material.  Inky black, a wine of depth and with earthen hints, there’s incredible pepper and spice: clove, cardamom with some sweeter notes: muscovado sugar, molasses.  It’s concentrated, possesses fantastic structure and exquisite length.   

Rich, powerful, but you need not be either to get hold of a bottle.  Though I would suggest speed is of the essence for only around 3,000 bottles are produced.  95 – Outstanding 

Source: Sample
Price: $35
Closure: Screwcap


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