d'Arenberg "The Derelict Vineyard" 2010 Grenache, McLaren Vale $30
Last week I was excited to see spring on its way and some warmer weather on the horizon. It's definitely a time for more whites that reds but with some cooler nights still about, I think you can still have your cake and eat it too, so this week it's a red to try d'Arenberg's Derelict Vineyard grenache.
This is a delicious wine and I'm a huge fan of the variety when it's done well. Grenache has the ability to be a bit too much like lolly water in the wrong hands, but that's not the case with d'Arenberg. This is a seriously good expression of the variety that is so well suited to the soils and climate of McLaren Vale.
There's some juicy red berry fruit here; imagine redcurrants and cherries. Surrounding the fruit though are layers of savoury earthiness – tar, leather and spice flavours come to mind. The tannins are firm and grippy with a stone-like tang, the perfect foil to the ripe flavours of the fruit. It's the sort of wine that makes me think of putting something on the barbecue and drinking it this weekend but I'm fairly sure there's plenty of potential here for the Derelict Vineyard to mature for a decade or more in a good cellar.
* Fergus McGhie is marketing manager at Mount Majura Winery in Canberra.