Dreaded Friend by ChaLou Grenache 2021

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This is your classic modern Australian version of Grenache that brings out the natural generosity and sheet drinkability of this variety made with fruit from Canowindra, a short 30 kilometre drive south-west of Orange. This is a fair step up on the previous vintage, packing more power and complexity, with 40% whole bunches also adding a crunchy texture. It starts out with a big hit of red liquorice, red cherry and raspberry fruits that are gently fragrant and beautifully pure. There is also a subtle, underlying theme of dark earth that adds a savoury touch. The palate takes a more savoury, spicy turn with dark berry fruits and meaty undertones. There is also a delicious silkiness and bright acidity which combined create a delicious package that demands a glass or three.

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