The Greatness of Benchmark Grenache
The Burgundian Types!
(Low or no oak, crushed raspberry and rose-petals, silky tannins.)
2019 Heartwines Archie Grenache
RRP: $34 | Offer: $29!
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This wine is “close to our hearts”. I buy the organic grapes from the Yangarra High Sands block (planted in the 40’s) of bush vines of high pedigree! Peter Fraser and Shelly Torresan make the wine at Yangarra in a very hand-crafted way using whole berries and open fermentation with hand-plunging, followed by ageing in older oak barrels. It’s a perfumed, slightly reserved young wine at present, but it’s silky and beautifully textured red with enough rope tannins to age for a decade or more. This is pure! - Randall
"Grenache's telltale aroma of kirsch kicks off the melee. Turkish delight, sour-cherry pith, orange zest, too. Some bunchy spice and a scrub of firm sandy tannins – almost volcanic and chamois of feel – splay across a long finish, evincing authority while conferring a welcome savouriness. A delicious wine, although it could do with half a degree more ripeness and warmth." 92 points! - Ned Goodwin MW, Halliday Wine Companion
2020 Font de Courtedune Chateauneuf-du-Pape
RRP: $95 | Offer: $79!
Guess what? This is a small 4 ha site situated right next to Rayas on sandy soil! No wonder I thought it was a wine from the Rayas family when I had it blind! A rich and generously flavoured red with pretty red fruit bouquet, pepper, spice and sweet underbrush and damp earth. It’s silky and long, and not a barrel or oak in sight! - Randall
"I loved the 2020 Châteauneuf Du Pape, a pretty, nicely balanced, elegant 2020 offering lots of red and black fruits as well as some floral, rose, and garrigue-like nuances. With fine tannins, a supple, layered mouthfeel, and outstanding length, it’s well worth seeking out. The blend is almost all Grenache, brought up all in concrete tanks." - Jeb Dunnuck
"White pepper from the stems accentuates the fresh aromatics. Full-bodied, but again great freshness on the palate, with is underlined by the piercing acidity. Texturally deep, the tannins are just a little fibrous, but this has plenty of interest and personality. Sandy soils and aged in concrete." 93 Points - Matt Walls, Decanter
2020 Famille Brunier Piedlong Chateauneuf-du-Pape
RRP: $165 | Offer: $139!
2015 Famille Brunier Piedlong Chateauneuf-du-Pape
RRP: $135 | Offer: $115!
I first tasted this wine in a mixed pack of blind “grenache wines” that I had Nick put together for me. I pulled the cork from the brown paper bagged bottle and poured a glass. I was blown away! Some other makers’ bottles from the pack showed overripe, soupy, jammy and hot alcoholic characters, but this one was DIFFERENT. I thought it was from the Rayas family, not Ch. Rayas itself, but perhaps a Fonsalette. As it turned out, 10% of this wine (the mourvedre component) comes from the Pignan sector of Chateauneuf du Pape, and the balance, grenache, comes from just south on the Piedlong plateau. This estate is owned by the Brunier family of Vieux Telegraph, vignerons of high reputation. It shows the same Burgundian-like crushed red fruits and rose petal / damp earth complexities that I love in Rayas! I tasted the 2015 which has years left to age, but is drinking well; but the 2020 is also a beauty. - Randall
Ch. des Tours, Fonsalette & Pignan
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2019 Domaine des Tours Vin de Pays de Vaucluse Blanc
2019 Domaine des Tours Vin de Pays de Vaucluse Rouge
2019 Ch. des Tours 'Les Tours' Vin de Pays de Vaucluse Blanc
2019 Ch. des Tours Cotes du Rhone Reserve
2017 Ch. des Tours Cotes du Rhone Reserve
2014 Ch. des Tours Cotes du Rhone Grande Reserve
"The 2014 Côtes du Rhône Grande Réserve is magnificent... this medium-bodied and de-classified Vacqueyras outperforms most of the same-vintage Vacqueyras wines." 91 points – Nicholas Greinacher, Vinous
2013 Ch. des Tours Vacqueyras Reserve
“Utterly bewitching on the nose. There is magic in here... In a class of its own." 18.5/20 points! – Richard Hemming, Jancis Robinson
2012 Ch. des Tours Vacqueyras Reserve
“The 2012 Vacqueyras Réserve sports a flamboyant perfume of cherry liquor and strawberry compote mixed with delicate notions of tobacco and dried lavender. Enveloped in silky tannins, this full-bodied beauty is packed with ample concentration and finesse... Utterly seductive” 93 points! – Nicolas Greinacher, Vinous
2012 Ch. de Fonsalette Cotes du Rhone Reserve
2012 Ch. de Fonsalette Cotes du Rhone Reserve Syrah
“(Amazing to think how long Fonsalette Rouge lives…) ... Very racy and fine as well as being much more polished than most southern Rhône Syrahs." 17.5/20 points! – Jancis Robinson
2011 Ch. de Fonsalette Cotes du Rhone Reserve
2010 Ch. de Fonsalette Cotes du Rhone Reserve
“Spicy raspberry and cherry aromas are complicated by incense, lavender and pungent herbs. Pliant red fruit flavours are deepened by candied liquorice and bitter chocolate, with bright acidity adding lift." 92 points! – Josh Raynolds, Vinous
2006 Ch. de Fonsalette Cotes du Rhone Reserve Syrah
“Round and sweet and already very appealing drinking from Ch Rayas' sister property." 17/20 points! – Jancis Robinson
2011 Pignan Chateauneuf-du-Pape
“Intense raspberry, potpourri and spicecake scents gain depth with air and pick up a bright mineral nuance. Fleshy, seamless and concentrated, showing impressive clarity to its juicy red fruit flavors." 93 points! – Josh Raynolds, Vinous.
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Châteauneuf du Pape
Jacques Reynaud, who died in 1997, was one of the true characters in Châteauneuf. A notoriously shy and private man, he was known to avoid appointments by hiding in ditches that lined the rutted driveway leading to his château. However, he was recognised as one of the world’s greatest winemakers and the legacy of Château Rayas is now continued by his son François. So many practices here seem to run contrary to other producers in Châteauneuf – the 13 hectares of vines are north facing and contain none of the fabled “galets roulés”. Only Grenache is used and yields at around 15hl/h are ridiculously low. Almost uniquely the wines are matured in the now rarely seen 450 litre “double-piéce” oak casks. These are substantial and exotically rich wines that are quite literally unique.
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2012 Chateau Rayas Chateauneuf du Pape
2011 Chateau Rayas Chateauneuf du Pape
2010 Chateau Rayas Chateauneuf du Pape
McLaren Vale Legends
Yangarra & S.C. Pannell
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2019 S.C. Pannell Old McDonald Grenache
"Dark cherry, raspberry, liquorice root, clay, and sweet spice. Firm, dried rose perfumed and packed with ripe red fruits and cherry, plenty of stony tannin here, with a sort of pumice stone feel, serious yet charming. a cranberry freshness to acidity, and a long fragrant finish. Quite a wine!" 96 points! - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
2020 Yangarra High Sands Grenache
97 points! - Halliday Wine Companion
2019 Yangarra High Sands Grenache
97 points! - Halliday Wine Companion
2018 Yangarra High Sands Grenache
96 points! - Halliday Wine Companion
2017 Yangarra High Sands Grenache
99 points! - Halliday Wine Companion
Cheers - Randall, Amy, Issy & Nick