The nose of this wine features some delicately lifted floral scents, but also darker notes of brandied cherries and asphalt. Give it some breathing time to let the tarry notes fade and allow the red cherry and cinnamon red-hot flavors to emerge. Finishes long, mouthwatering and just a touch warming. Drink now–2014.
Though more expensive than d'Arenberg's The Custodian Grenache, I liked this one less. Brown sugar and maple syrup aromas dominate; the palate is mercifully not as sweet as the nose would suggest, showing mostly black plum and berry notes. Wooly tannins on the finish have staying power, but the feel on the palate is pretty straighforward. 500 cases produced.
The sort of wine one imagines early Australian settlers gulped down—big and burly in the mouth and a bit warm, rough and dusty on the finish. Hints of mint-accented cherry fruit and earthy notes.