Sevenhill Open Range Grenache 2021
From the century-old vines in the ‘Open Range’ vineyard, this is a superb vintage for this style. After harvest, the grapes spent time on skins, with the fermented wine subsequently maturing in a range of oak vessels, in size and age. An appealing crimson colour, raspberries and red cherries are to the fore on the nose at this early stage. A hint of musk, together with dry herbs, leather and bay leaves all contributing to the complexity. There is good focus for the full length. The wine has the typically sandy style of tannins we often see with Grenache. An attractive style, good drinking now, but there is no issue putting some in the cellar for the next five or six years. With wines like this, no wonder Grenache is such a hot commodity at the moment. Long may it be so.