Thursday, 16 February 2017

Yalumba The Tri-Centenary Grenache 2012

The Tri-Centenary completes the Yalumba premium Grenache range. As with the Vine Vale and Carriage Block, this too was picked earlier and weighs in at only 13.5% alcohol - part of winemaker Kevin Glastonbury's new vision for the variety.


A single vineyard wine, this spent 30 days on skins and 300-400 dozen are produced.


Having spent time on skins, the appearance is deceptive presenting bright and energetic. Glastonbury tells me the vines produced a more concentrated crop after 2011. There's more tension here too but it still sits pretty.

Red flowers, violets, red plums and a kick of earth get you in the mood. Juicy red cherries, it sits certainly sits in the red fruit spectrum. Time in the glass brings out some dark chocolate and even tea leaves. Super soft tannins roll through and caress the mouth almost care-free.

Sumptuous and lush - Grenache freaks should go here.

96/100

Region: Barossa
RRP: $55
Source: Cellar Door Tasting

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