2017  Grenache

Region: McLaren Vale

Fear not, children of the grape, the Death Card heralds a transformation into a new state or regeneration and in this particular case, refers to a poorly farmed plot of Grenache which was brought back to life by the Alpha Box & Dice crew.

Through whole bunch fermentation, 80% carbonic maceration and long lees aging in tank and puncheon, the energy and nerve of the wine is retained and a sense of varietal chiaroscuro is apparent. The contrast between light and dark, detailed and enchanting.

We tend to agree with author John Livingstone-Learmonth when he says, “(Grenache) is the most intelligent vehicle if you want to capture soil to glass transfer”.

Tuneful, complex, melodic, tonic.


LOOKS LIKE… Netflix and chill

FEELS LIKE… A favourite pair of jeans

SOUNDS LIKE… Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know

SMELLS LIKE… Toffee apples and gingerbread

TASTES LIKE… White pepper, fairy floss, plum