Grenache High Sands
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Dark crimson. Quite different from the much cheaper 2011 from a rain-plagued vintage. Rich and opulent on the nose. Round and rather more mainstream in a way than the 2011 though it's very savoury rather than sweet on the finish. Seems a bit expensive but it's certainly ambitious. Though to me it tastes almost more Syrah than Grenache. Where's the sweetness of the variety? A bit savage and uncompromising. 14.5%
"Deeply coloured, bright purple hue; the bouquet reveals black fruits, prune, mocha and licorice; the palate is densely packed with tannins, ironstone minerality and is about as muscular a rendition of grenache as can be achieved."
Rated 94 points by James Halliday AWC
Rich comfy date and figgy smelling with a touch of walnut and wafts of cherry wood. And this is how it tastes: thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a lustiness and swagger. And ferrous sweet-soy tastes. Another couple of years will bring on more. 95(96)/100 Tim White