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Twelftree Greenock Grenache-Mataro 2010

Rhone Red Blends from Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
  • JH91
  • RP90
15% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

From winemaker Michael Twelftree: In 2010 we produced one Single Vineyard Grenache/Mataro. I really love the marriage of Grenache and Mataro, but it's hard to find a vineyard that can supply high quality fruit of each variety growing in the same patch of dirt. The Grenache ripened early and was fermented separately to the Mataro, which came in right on the end of vintage. Typically, a ripe Grenache offers sensational flavors, but it's difficult to build the underlying structure. This is where Mataro steps up to the plate; as well as adding meaty, earthy and spicy notes to the aromatic profile.

Blend: 66% Grenache, 34% Mataro

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JH 91
Australian Wine Companion
The color is showing some development, but is healthy and bright; a 51/49% blend matured 'neutrally', which may mean in used oak. The plum and dark cherry fruit is very ripe, with background hints of dark chocolate, prune and mocha; the tannins are soft and round. Attractive food style, ready now.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2010 Twelftree Greenock Grenache Mataro has an intense nose of kirsch and raspberry preserves with touches of loam, aged meat, potpourri and a whiff of chocolate. Full bodied and harmonious on the palate, it fills the mouth with warm berry and savory flavors with a medium level of soft tannins, lively acid to enliven and good long finish. Drink this one now to 2019+. 90+
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Twelftree, Barossa Valley, Barossa, 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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Barossa Valley

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Historically and presently the most important wine-producing region of Australia, the Barossa Valley is set in South Australia, where more than half of the country’s wine is made. Because the climate is very hot and dry, vineyard managers must be careful so that grapes do not become overripe.

The intense heat is ideal for plush, bold reds, particularly Rhône blends featuring Shiraz, Grenache, and Mataro (Mourvèdre). White grapes can produce crisp, fresh wines from Riesling, Chardonnay, and Semillon if they are planted at higher altitudes.

Most of Australia’s largest wine producers are based here and Shiraz plantings date back as far as the 1850s or before. Many of them are dry-farmed and bush-trained, still offering less than one ton per acre of inky, intense, purple juice.

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Rhône Blends

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With bold fruit flavors and accents of sweet spice, red Rhône blends originated from France’s southern Rhône Valley. Grenache, supported by Syrah and Mourvèdre typically form the base of the blend, while Carignan, Cinsault and Counoise often come in to play. With some creative interpretation, Rhône blends have also become popular in Priorat, Washington, Australia and California.

In the Glass

The taste profile of a Rhône blend will vary according to its individual components, as each variety brings something different to the glass. Grenache is the lightest in color but contributes plenty of ripe red fruit and a plush texture. Syrah supplies dark fruit flavors, along with savory, spicy and earthy notes. Mourvèdre is responsible for a floral perfume and earthy flavor as well as structure and a healthy dose of color. New World examples tend to be fruit-forward in style, while those from the Old World will often have more earth, structure and herbal components on top of ripe red and blue fruit.

Perfect Pairings

Rhône red blends typically make for very food-friendly wines. These can work with a wide variety of meat-based dishes, playing equally well with beef, pork, lamb or game. Braised beef cheeks, grilled steak or sausages, roasted pork and squab are all fine pairings.

Sommelier Secret

Some regions like to put their own local spin on the red Rhône blend—for example, in Australia’s Barossa Valley, Shiraz is commonly blended with Cabernet Sauvignon to add structure, tannin and a long finish. Grenache-based blends from Priorat often include Carignan (known locally as Cariñena) and Syrah, but also international varieties like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, anything goes, and it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah make an appearance.

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