Ross Estate Grenache 2006
Grenache from Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
Crimson red in colour with purple hues. The intense nose has violet floral aromas, with rich Satsuma plums, raspberries and raisins. These flavours continue onto the palate, which also offers some well-integrated smoky oak and spice characters that continue well through the long finish. The supple tannins add weight to the palate and carry the fruit and acid structure of this elegant example of truly old vine Grenache
International Wine Cellar - ""Bright red. Spicy strawberry and raspberry aromas are pure and straightforward. Deeper cherry and black raspberry flavors are enlivened by juicy acidity, with an exotic floral pastille note arriving on the long, sappy, firm finish. Lovely right now, but has the concentration to last for at least another few years. These vines are reportedly nearly a century old.""
Wine Spectator - ""Polished, silky and graceful, with smoky cherry and red plum flavors cascading along a sleek frame. A charming wine that has some extra oomph on the finish. Drink now through 2013. 1,000 cases made. –HS""
The Wine Advocate - "Purple-colored with a fragrant bouquet of kirsch, black raspberry, and clove. Ripe and sweet on the palate with very good flavors, it is slightly compact in the finish. Drink this tasty Grenache over the next 6-8 years."
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Ross Estate Winery
Located in the small town of Lyndoch in the Barossa Valley, Ross Estate Wines is a family owned winery established on old vineyards in 1999. A combination of young spirits and a veteran winemaker of over forty vintages has seen this modern winery reach new heights. Ross Estate's aim - to produce wines of consistent quality, from the soil up. In short, to capture "The Soul of the Vine". The style is truly Barossa, encapsulating regional fruit flavours and enhancing them with well balanced oak, using fruit sourced solely from Ross' estates in the Barossa Valley. View all Ross Estate Wines
About Barossa Valley
The Barossa zone consists of two sections - the Barossa Valley and the Eden Valley. Wines from the Eden Valley can be labelled Barossa or Barossa Valley.
Situated just a bit east of the large city of Adelaide, Barossa is Australia's wine headquarters. Mega producers are based here, boutique wineries call it home and a majority of the habitants claim their income on the wine industry. The valley is strewn with a series of hamlets, small towns spotted throughout the region.
Barossa ValleyBarossa is red-wine territory, with red grapes consisting of about two-thirds of the region's plantings. The reds, Shiraz in particular, are lauded for their rich, concentrated flavors and aging potential. Old vines of Shiraz and Grenache are popular, many up to 80 years old. The valley is home to some of the most famous vineyards of Australia - this is where the first Penfolds Grange was made. Whites are also found, mainly from the Semillon grape – these wines are as full-bodied as the reds although harder to find. Riesling and Chardonnay are also planted.
Eden ValleyRight next to Barossa Valley, but a bit higher in elevation, Eden Valley is an ideal neighbor. Many wineries source vineyards from both areas as the climate difference in Eden Valley leads to wines of a different character. Reds are still mainly Shiraz and Grenache, but the wines are often more restrained and less dense than those in the Barossa Valley. Whites are popular here too. Eden Valley Rieslings and Semillons are particularly excellent.
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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