2011 Grand Vin Estate “The Monarch”. Margaret River. 14%

Grand Vin Estate "The Monarch" 1

Winemaker’s influence overriding a wines sense of place?

No grapes listed on the back label or the website. Emailed the winery, but never heard back.

John Glaetzer of Wolf Blass fame was the winemaker for this.

 

Has the winemaker’s fingerprints all over this wine. Smokey, coffeed and vanilla oak from the first whiff. Very densely packed wine with blackberries, blueberries, black olives and a eucalypt lift and tomato leaf in the background.

With a bit of air, some smoked bacon overtones emerge.

 

Flashy & sexy with its velvety palate, lush fruit and expensive oak thrown at it….. but there is a certain harshness / bitterness on the finish that detracts from the whole experience. Finishes off a bit clunky and awkward.

 

Have to say this tastes more of John Glaezter than of Margaret River. There is an article written by Huon Hooke on page 32 in the Feb/March ‘13 edition of Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine that talks of wines tasting more of the winemakers influence than where the wines comes from. I would say this wine is a good example of what he was referring to.

Tasted 11th March 2013

Source: Gift.

About Perth Wine Enthusiast

Casual observations of a Perth wine enthusiast. I am a recently turned 40 husband to a wonderful wife and father to 3 fantastic children. When work and family are not occupying me, my thoughts frequently turn towards two of my other passions in life, wine and food.

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