In the ongoing battle between McLaren Vale and the Barossa as to who makes the best Grenache, no one has landed the knockout blow. This 6-pack will give you prized ringside seats on the continuing action. In the red corner for McLaren Vale we have the 98-point Clarendon Hills Romas Vineyard Old Vine Grenache (valued at $120), as well as the Ox Hardy Blewitt Springs Grenache. In the (other) red corner from the Barossa we have the Spinifex Garcon, Schild Estate Old & Survivor Vine, Cirillo The Vincent and a new rising star in An Approach To Relaxation Magnolia Grenache.
A fresh and spicy grenache with some gentle, whole-bunch influence, as well as blue and purple berries, some earth and pepper. The palate has innate depth, and finely rendered tannins carry raspberries and red plums long.
94 points, JamesSuckling.com (June 2021)
Really pretty, fragrant and lifted, with red fruits, geraniums, musk and dried herbs. There's a lovely softness and openness to the palate, with cherry, strawberry, a touch of spiciness. There's also a textural creaminess to the wine that keeps seducing you. The palate has a grip of tannins and purpose, and the crunchy acidity keeps all aspects right and proper.
93 points, The Real Review (April 2021)
Lovely, sweet smelling engaging grenache from McLaren Vale. A portion of the fruit comes from Blewitt Springs ringing that wonderful dusty savory elegance into the wine. Rose petal and light confectionary characters with a deep and elegantly structure palate. Oak treatment is excellent while the fine sinewy tannins give focus and direction. Cellar to 7 years.
It’s from two vineyards, one planted in 1926 and the other in 1985. The one planted in 1985 is considered an old vineyard, which makes me feel old.
It’s a fine grenache. It feels quality from the outset. It’s quite licoricey, red and black, with raspberry, sweet spice, subtle clove and graphite-like notes whispered through. It has a well-managed firmness; just enough. Oak influence feels relatively minor but drinkability feels relatively major.
93 points, The Wine Front (October 2020)
This is the top of the grenache wines and has new livery, aligned with their top shiraz release, Astralis. The complexity is already evident and there’s a gently flinty edge, as well as iodine and graphite, dry-roasted spices, blood orange, red berry, plum and that signature, rust-like ferrous edge. The palate has a very composed core of blueberry and plum fruit with fine yet intense tannin. Concentrated and mouthwateringly fresh, super fleshy and seamless. This is excellent. Drink over the next decade and more.
98 points, JamesSuckling.com (November 2021)
Here’s a very fresh and impressively pure grenache that offers raspberries and sweetly fragrant red flowers, ahead of a silky palate that carries smooth red-fruit flavor. Really pure and lively.
92 points, JamesSuckling.com (September 2021)
A Langton’s exclusive from now. From Neldner Vineyard in Vine Vale, 90 year old vines. A separate vineyard from the usual AATRM. Christian Canute finished the wine for the AATRM team, stuck overseas with COVID. Old oak here.
Strong raspberry liquorice, game meat, pot pourri, alpine herb and pretty spice characters. Slurpy texture, fine, silty tannins, edgy-nervy blood orange acidity, a squelchy feel as it finishes with light malty notes. Loose knit, generous in flavour, medium weight. Good drinking here; simple done well with some elevation of character.
92 points, The Wine Front (November 2020)