2012 Izway “Maurice” Grenache. Barossa Valley. 15.6%

It was international Grenache day and I popped into Steves to see what they had on the shelves. Rachael, one of the helpful wine consultants mentioned that this had a red dirt taste…. in the nicest possible way.

Izway "Maurice" Grenache 1   Izway "Maurice" Grenache 2

Most Australian Grenache I have tried are jubey, boiled lolly like and that’s not to my tastes. I decided to trust Rachael’s recommendation and walked out with the bottle.

After opening it back at home, I can see what she meant and couldn’t agree more. Schisty, graphite like minerals. No jubey, flabby over ripe fruit here.

Very tarry dark fruits. Very well structured Australian Grenache.

Floral, meaty, smokey, spiced and savoury on the palate. Chewy tannins. Black plums. Crack of black pepper. Powerful athlete of a wine. Strong, with precision control.   Very savoury, sour cherry and bitter sweet finish that reminds me of a negroni cocktail.

15.6% alcohol?? You would never know. Well balanced. Love this.

Highly recommend this delicious, mouth filling wine.

To me, this highlights the importance of building a relationship with your wine merchants and have them work out what your likes and dislikes are.

Tasted 20th September 2013

$55 from Steves Fine Wine and Food


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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