A blend of 66% grenache, 22% mataro and the remainder shiraz, this is an hierarchical order similar to the southern Rhone and surely, increasingly suited to the Barossa and its environs. Oak handling was minimal, presumably to accentuate the wine's brightness. This said, the wine's aura is highly savoury: anise, black olive and a seam of spicy, prickly tannins threading their way through fruits, red and dark. Kirsch is the mainstay, crackling fore to aft across the voltage of crunchy acidity.
Area: Alto Valle de Uco, Mendoza.
Grape: 92% Malbec, 8% Syrah.
Playful royal purple, with cool-climate malbec tones alternating plums, boysenberry and huckleberry with floral notes of lavender and violet.