De Lisio The Catalyst Shiraz/Grenache 2004

Rhone Red Blends from McLaren Vale, Australia

Item No. 89073
  • red wine
  • RP96

Winemaker's Notes

"A blockbuster in the making, the 2004 Shiraz/Grenache The Catalyst (80% Shiraz and 20% Grenache aged in primarily neutral French wood) boasts fabulous aromas of flowers, lead pencil shavings, blackberries, cassis, and subtle wood. This full-bodied, intensely packed and stacked effort possesses huge fruit extract, wonderful, mouth-coating glycerin, and a purity as well as seamlessness that must be tasted to be believed. Drink this undeniably profound Australian red over the next 10-15 years." - Wine Advocate

Learn About De Lisio Map ItMap It

During a visit to Australia in June of 2004 Benjamin Hammerschlag was assessing the portfolio of another young winemaker in McLaren Vale. During the tasting, the parcels that stood out time and again had come from Tony De Lisio"s vineyards. The impression stuck and yielded an extensive tasting of De Lisio"s wines. Consistently impressed, Hammerschlag approached De Lisio and...

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Learn About McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale is home to the oldest Australian vineyard, with grapes planted in 1838. It's a coastal area, the Indian Ocean bordering the west, which leads to a cooling factor that prevents the grapes from getting too hot. In all, the climate is a perfect one for the vines. Notable Facts In McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of...

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Learn About Rhone Red Blends

The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...

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