Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Ridgemill Estate Joshua's Pup Shiraz Grenache 2016

Not a wine you'd expect from the Granite Belt - certainly one out of the box. Owner Martin Cooper's love for Chateauneuf-du-Pape became a mission for winemaker Peter McGlashan - something he's nailed on his first attempt.

While Grenache is not the easiest nor reliable variety to grow in the region, it has ripened nicely and certainly contributed to a delicious wine.

The only thing questionable about the wine is the label - not befitting the asking price and presents for something more simplistic and cheap. Sigh.

Alas, quite a pretty wine. Think Rosella, raspberry and balsamic. Soft and supple, this Shiraz/Grenache (60/40) blend hugs the road in luxurious style. Cherry cola, red cherry, and strawberry jam are evenly and finely brushed through the mouth. Beautifully weighted, a soft grippiness is rounded out by brick dust like tannins. A most enjoyable and delicious wine.

Drink now to eight years.


Region: Granite Belt
RRP: $50
Source: Sample


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