Made from bushvines that are about 75 years old, this tremendous Grenache is a vibrant pink-purple color and has deep peppery, fruit-sweet aromas. On the palate it's massive but controlled, iike a rhinoceros behind a steel wall. Intense plum and cherry fruit warms the palate. Dry tannins persist through the long, minerally finish. Drink after 2010.
This wine boasts fantastic spice-drop character on the nose, seamlessly blending bold blackberry and plum fruit with notes of anise and licorice. It’s lush and richly textured in the mouth, with a long, spice-driven finish. A wine that’s wonderfully exotic and approachable now, but one that should last up to 10 years.
Blewitt + Grenache + 2007 = something magical, to judge from the two offerings tasted for this report. Clarendon Hills’s bottling is dense and powerful yet doesn’t lose its way. Potent plum pudding and spice cake notes offer plenty of complexity and richness, without excessive weight. Long and slightly warming on the finish. Drink now–2017.
Featuring some dusty tannins on the finish, this is fairly structured for Aussie Grenache. Dried herbs and dried cherries are balanced by hints of dusty earth on the long finish. Drink 2013–2017.
My least favorite of the 2005 CH Grenaches, the Blewitt Springs is still an impressive wine. Dark fruit aromas and flavors of blueberry, blackberry and plum are accented by hints of dried spices and pepper. It’s creamy on the midpalate, then firms up on the finish, where a touch of heat is detectable. Drink 2010–2018.