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Twelftree Blewitt Springs Grenache 2010

Grenache from McLaren Vale, Australia
  • JH94
  • WS92
  • RP91
14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

This inky dark wine offers a complex aroma of mint, smoke, plums, ginger and spice. The concentrated fruit flavors are focused and layered, with rounded tannins and plum, white pepper and spice on the finish.

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JH 94
Australian Wine Companion
Some colour development, although bright and clear; from 57-year-old vines, one-third matured in four-year-old French oak, two-thirds in stainless steel barrels; 97 dozen made. A very elegant and truly refined grenache with red berry/cherry fruits, and a sprinkle of spice.
WS 92
Wine Spectator
Firm, focused and deft in balance, letting its tarry blackberry and dried cherry flavors ride on refined tannins, with a welcome lift of acidity on the finish, which persists impressively. Best from 2013 through 2020. 200 cases imported.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet in color, the 2010 Twelftree Blewitt Springs Grenache has pronounced kirsch, red currants and mulberry aromas with touches of orange rind and Indian spices. Full bodied, opulently fruited and spicy in the mouth, it has a medium level of silky tannins and nicely balanced acid, finishing long. Drink it now to 2018+.
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Twelftree, Australia
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Twelftree Wines is an exclusive selection of wines handmade on a very small scale, using a blend of new and traditional techniques to maintain the purity of the Grenache grape variety and showcase regional characteristics. In 2010, acclaimed Australian winemaker Michael Twelftree was offered a small plot of 83 year old Grenache vines at the top of the Blewitt Springs range, in the hills above McLaren Vale. Excited and up for the challenge, Twelftree Wines was born. Unique wines such as a food friendly blend of Grenache and Mataro and a crisp Grenache Rose reflect Twelftree's natural style where everything is done slowly and by hand, from vine to bottle.
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McLaren Vale

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Known for opulent red wines with intense power and concentration, McLaren Vale is home to perhaps the most “classic” style of Australian Shiraz. Vinified on its own or in Rhône blends with Grenache and Mourvèdre, these hot-climate wines are deeply colored and high in extract and alcohol with signature hints of dark chocolate and licorice. Cabernet Sauvignon is also produced in a similar style. Whites, often made from Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc tend to be opulent and full of tropical, stone and citrus fruit.

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Grenache

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Enjoying great glory across a variety of appellations, Grenache thrives in any warm, Mediterranean climate where ample sunlight allows its clusters to achieve full phenolic ripeness. The grape typically produces full-bodied reds interestingly light in both color and tannins. While it can make a charmingly complex single varietal wine, it also lends well to blending. Grenache's birthplace is Spain (there called Garnacha) where it remains important, particularly in Priorat where winemakers enjoy great liberties in blending Grenache with other varieties. Today it might be most well associated with the red blends of the Southern Rhône, namely Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côtes du Rhône and its Villages. The Italian island of Sardinia produces bold, rustic Grenache (there called Cannonau) whereas in California, Washington and Australia, Grenache has achieved popularity both flying solo and in blends.

In the Glass

In sufficiently warm conditions, Grenache produces smooth and generous wines that are loaded with strawberry, cherry blackberry, purple plum and in the richest examples, even cocoa, black tea or licorice.

Perfect Pairings

Despite its bold flavors, Grenache has very mild-mannered tannins, which makes it eminently quaffable on its own, yet easy to match with food. Because of its friendly nature, Grenache is the ultimate barbecue red, pairing happily with lamb chops, pork loin or tri-tip. Unlike most other full-bodied reds, Grenache’s low tannin level ensures that it will not easily be fazed by a bit of spice.

Sommelier Secret

Sardinia is often revered for its association with a long and healthy life. Residents of the Italian island often live well into their 90s and beyond, crediting this to their antioxidant-rich red wines, like Cannonau, along with their healthy Mediterranean diet.

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