McLaren Vale: in search of Pinosity
I’ve spent this last week in search of ‘Pinosity’ in South Australian warm climate reds. So we’re not talking Pinot Noir, but principally Grenache a.k.a. “warm climate/blue collar/poor man’s Pinot” and Syrah/Shiraz with the crunchy profile of said grape treated to Burgundian winemaking techniques – whole berry/whole bunch maceration/seasoned oak….
Here are some pictorial highlights from my McLaren Vale visit.
Husband and wife team Toby and Emmanuelle Bekkers made their first wines in 2011.
McLaren Vale is the trail-blazer for single varietal Grenache – been there, seen that, done that & got the T-shirt at Angove.
S C Pannell
A flashy home and new cellar door for S C Pannell.
Fall from Grace wine store, now wines
I first visited Gill Gordon-Smith’s Fall from Grace wine store in 2011 to taste S C Pannell’s wine prior to his recent acquisition of the cellar door (pictured above). Its a favourite winemaker hang out with a terrific selection of local and European wines. Gordon-Smith is about to move to bigger premises but, at least as excitingly, now proudly presides over her own wine range – loved her Mazerine 2014 – a Carignan.
This new to me producer made the stand out wine at a generic McLaren Vale tasting at Fall from Grace. This 100% Grenache from teeny tiny artisanal producer Year Wines is soooo very Pinot.
Peter Fraser at Yangarra Estate has just been awarded Winemaker of the Year in James Halliday’s latest Wine Companion. The wines have certainly been on a (biodynamic & slimming) journey since I first tasted the Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre several years ago.
Ministry of Clouds
Ministry of Clouds is the label of life and business partners Julian Forwood and Bernice Ong. The two wine marketeers’ range impressed. Like the Bekkers’ wines, their Grenache and Shiraz have great purity and restraint.
Clarendon Hills produce six single vineyard Grenache which they classify as Cru, Premier Cru and Grand Cru depending on depth and concentration – a stunning line up with great purity and finesse.
James Erskine’s Grenache duo – as pretty as their labels.