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Let’s Taste – Australian Grenache with James Dossan

Whose Grenache reigned supreme?? Join myself and sommelier James Dossan on the first episode of Let’s Taste with The Intrepid Wino, recorded live on July 27th 2015.

If you want to taste along with us, the wines were;
S.C. Pannell McLaren Vale Grenache 2012
Yangarra Old Vine McLaren Vale Grenache 2013
Unico Zelo Kersbrook Adelaide Hills Grenache 2014
Yelland & Papps Second Take Barossa Valley Grenache 2014
Head Old Vine Barossa Valley Grenache 2014
Schwartz Meta Barossa Valley Grenache 2014

To make it even easier you can buy the wines at Different Drop, and enter the special code INTREPIDGRENACHE at purchase to receive a 10% discount and free shipping!! Make sure to search for the product Let’s Taste Grenache.

Grenache vine in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France

Grenache vine in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France

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July 9, 2015 · 1:34 pm

Barossa baby (Barossa Valley, South Australia – 10/04/2013)

Some places have all the luck. Firstly the Barossa Valley is undoubtedly Australia’s most recognised wine region, with studies showing that it is one of the only ones that consumers in the United Kingdom and United States can actually identify. Located within an hour from the outskirts of Adelaide it also has the benefit of hoards of wine tourists walking through every year, compared to unlucky fellow SA vignerons in the Clare Valley or Coonawarra. The Barossa Valley also has one of the longest traditions of continuous winemaking tradition dating back to the mid-19th century, and has the vines and facilities to prove it. The subject of change is quite touchy, whether it relates to new techniques, new varieties or new clonal material. With generations of heritage passed down and a huge investment in promoting the supremacy and uniqueness of old vine wines it is hard to break free and try something different. Evolving markets filled with disinterested consumers for the kind of wines that Australia has become synonymous with, not to mention climate change means that new thinking is not only a good idea but mandatory for survival. There are a select few that aren’t winning friends in the region but are gaining a cult following for their wines that break the mould, particularly in terms of alternative grape varieties.

Barossa sun

Barossa sun

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Yelland & Papps – 10/04/2013

Delight Vermentino 2012
Clean light salty, hints of apricot. Nice weight and texture, brightness of fruit and acid, just a little RS to make things friendlier, a little citrus rind zest.

Delight Vin de Soif 2011
(Gren, mataro, Shiraz, carignan)
Nice spicy peppery rhone nose, crushed white pepper and clove, red fruits. Intense but bright and fresh, clean and great balance between fruit and savoury.

Devote Shiraz Roussanne 2011
Soft tight but open sweet dark fruits, hints of nutmeg and cumin. Soft sweet core of fruit, a lock of Indian spice on the back. Good acidity, food friendly.

Second Take Grenache 2012
A lot wilder denser dirtier and funkier, wattle leaf notes. Fantastic, fresh and light but not obvious fruit, not sweet or dense, savoury and exciting.

Second take Shiraz 2012
A little more obvious in varietal character, but nicely savoury and bloody in style. Taking cues from southern Rhone, still nice and soft with dark fruit, just enough texture and intensity of acids.

2012 Dolcetto
A bit spirity, almost tequila scotch, sharp red fruits. Pomegranate, spicy savoury notes.

2012 Barbera
Nice intense rubbery notes. Nice and soft, good clarity and intensity, chocolate on the back. Fresh and light but full of flavour.

2012 Primitivo
Deceptively expressive and jubey on the nose, candied red fruit. Soft full and wonderfully dark fruit, bold tannin structure but still relatively elegant and long.

2012 Lagrein
Good structure and depth, freshness and intensity of fruit and acid. Very solid.

2013 Dolcetto
Good core of dark fruit, really vibrant and exciting, forward and friendly. Great fruit driven wine but not classic style, different.

2013 Barbera
Mealy earthy red fruits, nice bite and thrust, freshness and friendliness with sufficient food-friendly acid.

2013 Lagrein
Very dark and intense in colour. Blueberry blackcurrant fruit roll-up. Dark and soft plenty of sweet fruit, but still fresh. Hefty tannins linger on the back.

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