Grape Variety: 46% Grenache, 39% Shiraz, 15% Mourvedre
Growing Region: Barossa, Australia
Winemaker: Reid Bosward
Gold Medal - Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2009.
The Barossa Valley from where the fruit for this wine is grown is a major wine-producing region and tourist destination of South Australia, located some 60 km northeast of Adelaide. If you were ever looking for a vineyard location that will push vines to their ultimate limit of survival with resulting grapes of immense concentration of fruit, palate weight and some good alcohol along the way, there are few places in the world that can compare to where Reid grows his fruit.
The wine was fermented relatively hot between 26-30C in stainless steel tanks and was then transferred to old oak barrels. Typically the oak for 'Avignon' is older than 5 years old but the structure of the Grenache form this vintage warranted some fresher 3-5 year old barriques. The wine also demanded a much longer maturation than usual with components of the blend being held in barrel for up to eighteen months. The blend was eventually bottled in September 2008.
In the glass you have an intense cherry red with a garnet edge. The aroma is filled with black Doris plum, plum skin, musk, and rich, ripe cherry. The palate is more gentle and approachable than in previous years. An elegant, savour palate balanced with dark Satsuma plums and fresh mulberry. Good mineral and tangy acidity with a lingering finish. A very moreish wine. Serve at 18C.
Drinking perfectly well now; and will age well for another 5-7 years.
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