Sunday, September 23, 2012

Woodstock The Octogenarian 2010

Grenache (pronounced GREN-ASH) ripens late, so needs hot, dry conditions such as those found in Spain and in the south of France. It is generally spicy, berry-flavoured and soft on the palate with a relatively high alcohol content, but it needs careful control of yields for best results. It tends to lack acid, tannin and colour, and is typically blended in "GSM" blends with Syrah and Mourvèdre.

For the OCTOgenarian, the winemaker from Woodstock added Tempranillo, Shiraz and Carbernet Sauvignon to the low cropping Grenache grapes. The addition of 10% Tempranillo for savoury tannins, plus a dash of soft Shiraz and a hint of leafy Cabernet Sauvignon adds spice and complexity. The attractive berry flavours of Grenache are lengthened and enhanced by these varieties, without any strong oak influence.

The wine has a very youthful violet colour and an attractive soft, plush texture with sweet raspberry flavours. Some chocolate notes with very fine tannins.

Nice length. Quite a lovely drink.

Vintage:  2010
Producer:  Woodstock Wine Estate
Varietal: Grenache 78.00%, Tempranillo 10.00%, Shiraz 8.00%, Cabernet Sauvignon 4.00%
Designation: The Octogenarian
Country: Australia
Region: South Australia
Sub-Region: Fleurieu
Appellation: McLaren Vale
Type: Red Wine

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