Thursday, 2 February 2017

Yalumba Carriage Block Grenache 2015

I had a look at this with Yalumba winemakers Kevin Glastonbury and Sam Wigan over a lazy lunch. 2015 is the second release with only 150 dozen produced. 

The fruit comes from a single vineyard, dry grown bush vines planted 1954, found in the northern Barossa beside the Oxford Landing winery they tell me. 

What strikes me about this wine immediately is its vitality and energy. Glastonbury has toyed with Grenache and made the realisation that picking earlier gives better results for a medium bodied style. And he's smashed it!

Bright and vibrant in the glass it's loaded with character and pretty fragrances yet delivers finesse. Quite spicy, red fruits take charge led by raspberries with cameos from pomegranate and even some lillypilly. 

Another whiff and orange peel and violets come through with more time in the glass. Super soft through the mouth with a powdery finish, refined and elegant capture this excellent wine best.

Drink now to eight years.

Available at the cellar door only.


Region: Barossa
RRP: $45
Source: Sample

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