2018 Brecon Grenache Adelaida (< 100 bottles left)

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2018 Brecon Grenache Adelaida (< 100 bottles left)
2018 Brecon Grenache Adelaida (< 100 bottles left)

"Oakley Doaky. Stop your lollygagging and get your laughing gear round this liddle beauty". Apologies, our winemaker often needs a translator between his native Queen's English and the  apparently bar stewardised US version! I suspect what he is trying to politely say is stop hanging about and taste this little gem. It has a fantastic smoaky oaky framework. Laughing gear is apparently a common colloquialism for mouth in the UK. Perhaps you worked that out already. Ironically it's best served at a very tepid British summer temperature, let's say a generous mid 60's. Over this side of the pond it's the perfect accompaniment for that quintessentially American Thanksgiving bird. We suspect the Queen would be rather unamused.  

92pts. purely domestic wine report. Oct. 2020

92pts. Vinous.

91pts. Jeb Dunnuck. Sept. 2020

90pts. Gold. Beverage Testing Institute. December 2020


Production notes

A single vineyard offering. In the past we have blended in some cooler climate Grenache to ensure a lively zippy edge. Or perhaps a little Syrah for color and subliminal structure. Here we dabbled with Syrah again but found by skirting around the hill a little with our Grenache fruit sourcing we had no need for the cooler climate component.

VarietalGrenache Rouge
Varietal Composition100% 2018 Paso Robles Adelaida
93.58% Grenache
6.42% Syrah

AppellationPaso Robles, Adelaida
AgingDrink Now - 2027
Residual Sugar.12g/100ml dry
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date05/04/2020
Cases Produced189

It's amazing the variations within a single vineyard site. For most varieties, the South facing top of the hill would be considered most optimal for planting as thinner soils produce tiny berries and more color and flavor. Grenache is perhaps the exception to this rule as top of the hill sites indeed have great flavor but the colors can be rather elegant. For a wine of such hidden depths there is a need to avoid confusion regarding color and quality. Consequently we also pick some on the flanks. It gets a little more shade and a little longer hang time but ensures overall the colors match one's expectations.

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