Fireblock Old Vine Grenache 2004
Grenache from Clare Valley, Australia
An extraordinarily beautiful wine. Aromas of vibrant red berries waft from the glass. On the palate the wine delivers suave and lush fruit characters, with hints of spice and pepper. Wonderful intensity of flavors, with more to enjoy sip after sip. Great texture and mouth feel. This is a beautiful wine.
International Wine Cellar - "Dark violet. Explosively rich aromas of wild strawberry, blackberry and suave baking spices. Lush and broad, the expressive berry flavors showing impressive ripeness as well as focus and depth. Fresh, spicy and long on the finish, with supple tannins framing the powerful fruit."
This is a new label owned by Bill and Noel Ireland (of Flinders Bay fame). The name refers to the plot of dirt that was planted back in 1926 predominantly to Grenache. It had been previously designated a “fireblock” given its proximity to the railway line, and out of concern that sparks from the steam locomotives could start bushfires!! I managed to persuade Bill and Noel to capture the magic of these old dry grown Grenache and Shiraz vines.
With a continuous history of winemaking dating back to 1852, the stone buildings and wineries of the Clare Valley add to the region's striking and varied beauty. It is a high quality producer of long-lived, intensely flavored and strongly structured table wines, virtually all of which are made in limited quantities. View all Fireblock Wines
About Clare Valley
Known for its Rieslings, all in screw cap since the year 2000, the wines of Clare Valley are distinctive. The Riesling here is dry, dry, dry. Delicate yet firm, these wines won't remind you of Germany or Alsace - they have a flavor all their own. The lime flavors and zesty acidity make the wine perfect for summer sipping or pacific rim food (aka, seafood).
Notable FactsSince this is still Australia, let's not leave out Shiraz... Clare Valley does produce red wines and they are well made and tasty. Even though the region is fairly hot, the acidity in the reds is higher than its southern neighbors. Good structure is common in both the reds and whites of the area, which makes them great for food.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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