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2022 Grenache, Beechworth

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Fighting Gully Road's climate change alternative to Pinot Noir. Arguably the coolest site yet established to Grenache in Australia, the wine is made in the same way as we make Pinot Noir. Spicy aromatics and fine grained tannins giving a real alternative to Pinot Noir.

Wine review

I always become excited when Aussie grenache is in front of me. It really is the phoenix rising such is the strong slant of regionality and brilliance across the land. A newcomer to these cooler parts, however. And yet despite the young vines, the foot is pushing on the right pedal, equipping this wine for a meteoric trajectory across future releases.
This inaugural release is already very good, however. A purr of raspberry, white pepper, menthol, clove and dried thyme. The tannins, apparent, crunchy and nourishing. I wouldn't mind more. The color, a pallid ruby, belying the intensity of fruit and the addictive pleasures waiting in the glass. Get on this! With a chill! Sommelier heaven! Mediterranean Beaujolais with an alpine whiff of something serious. Drink now. Screw cap - 92 points."
- Ned Goodwin for James Suckling
A pretty and pure nose of rosehip, redcurrant and raspberry. The palate flows nicely, a spine of more-ish acidity sits nicely against the backdrop of vibrant red berries and florals. It's harmonious and very delicious in its youth. Bitter chocolate tannins on the finish add dimension. A finer style of grenache - 91 points."
- Gabrielle Poy for The Real Review.
Vivid and bright, it's easy to see why Beechworth is embracing grenache. This expresses the grape's cool-climate side in red fruits, bramble, briar and mountain herbs. The tension between fruit, tannin, acidity and discreet oak is palpable on the palate, just the right mix to create a grenache that puts the region on the map. One to watch - 92 points."
- Jeni Port for Halliday Wine Companion.

Tasting Notes 2022

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