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Fireblock Old Vine Grenache 2004

Grenache from Clare Valley, Australia
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Winemaker Notes

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.

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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.

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Fireblock, , Australia
Fireblock
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.

The wine world is vast and constantly expanding...

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The wine world is vast and constantly expanding. With shifts in climate, fashion, and technology, new regions are constantly developing and experimenting to learn which varieties work best on which vineyard sites. Often, since these regions have yet to gain worldwide popularity, they are great sources for the savvy consumer looking to try something new and interesting at a budget-friendly price.

Sauvignon Blanc

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A crisp, refreshing variety that equally reflects both terroir and varietal character...

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A crisp, refreshing variety that equally reflects both terroir and varietal character, Sauvignon Blanc is responsible for a vast array of wine styles. A couple of commonalities always exist, however—namely, zesty acidity and intense aromatics. The variety is of French provenance, and is important in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. It also shines in New Zealand and California, while Chile and South Africa are excellent sources of high-quality, value-priced Sauvignon Blanc. High-quality Sauvignon Blanc is also produced in Washington State, Australia, and parts of northern Italy.

In the Glass

From its homeland in the Loire Valley, where citrus, flinty, and smoky flavors shine through in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume, to Marlborough, New Zealand, where it is pungent, racy, and “green” (think grass, leaves, gooseberries, and bell peppers) and tastes of grapefruit and passionfruit, Sauvignon Blanc has something to offer every wine drinker. In Bordeaux, it is typically blended with Sémillon and Muscadelle to produce a softer, richer style. In California, any of the aforementioned styles can be emulated.

Perfect Pairings

The freshness of Sauvignon Blanc’s flavor—from bell pepper and cut grass to passionfruit, gooseberry, and ripe kiwi lend it to a range of light, summery dishes including salad, seafood, and mild Asian dishes. Sauvignon Blanc settles in comfortably at the table with notoriously difficult foods like goat cheese and asparagus. When combined with Sémillon (and perhaps some oak), it can be paired with more complex seafood and chicken dishes.

Sommelier Secret

Along with Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc is the proud parent of Cabernet Sauvignon. That green bell pepper aroma that all three varieties share is no coincidence—it comes from a high concentration of pyrazines (an herbaceous aromatic compound) inherent to each member of the family.

RWC286113A_2004 Item# 98419

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