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.
Sparkling Portugese red, bursting with fruit and vibrancy. Delicious with cured hams, meats and quality bread.
A blindingly good wine for the price made from one of our favourite grapes, roussanne, that you find in Northern and Southern Rhone blends, but in this case from South Africa. It is a masterful little wine that wont overtake proceedings but will add a lovely bit of character to a lunch or an evening - a scent here and there of stone fruits and mountain herbs as you lift the glass to your nose - with just the right amount of fruit and character for foods like fish, chicken, or fresh pasta with vegetables or riccota.
It will be lovely with light starters like burrata and olives. It sits firmly in, if not at the very summit of, the unbeatable-value midweek bottle category. If you are in one of those households where someone likes Sauvignon but someone has gone off it, and you can't agree on what to drink then try this.