Curtis Small Batch McLaren Vale Grenache 2022


Some years ago, you would have struggled to find a wine labelled Grenache – sure, the grape was used but normally as a support act and often unacknowledged. Now, it is the flavour of the month, the hot new thing (even if a great many of the vines are anything but new, some well over hundred years of age). This is a delicious early release (with a minimalist front label). Deep garnet in colour, there are notes of dark cherries, raspberries, hints of warm earth and slight toasty note. A flick of milk chocolate ties everything together. There is a fine line of acidity, focus and length with sleek tannins. The flavours go deeper on the palate for a wine to enjoy now and over the next three to four years.