Clandestine Vineyards Grenache 2018
I have been looking at a lot of good Aussie Grenache of late and this one fits right in. Can you do better? Sure, but only if you throw out a truckload more money. Not sure anything beats it for value at just thirty bucks.
From the Blewitt Springs region of McLaren Vale, the vineyard was planted in 1923. Fruit was picked from bush vines, basket pressed with 10% whole bunches into large old French oak with 10% of pressings added back. 3,600 bottles produced.
A deep crimson colour, this offers notes of smoked meats, cherries, florals and warm earth. Soft but intense with good acidity, it is a wine that lingers and has a good future. An impressive Grenache and cracking value.