2021 Juxtaposed Smart Vineyard Grenache
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2021 Juxtaposed Smart Vineyard Grenache

McLaren Vale, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
$39. 99
$479.88 Dozen
Cellar: Drink now - 5 Years (2024-2029)
ABV: 14.4%
Closure: Stelvin

From 65 year old vines. Semi translucent red to dark red core with black toned edges and a light red hue. Engulfing the nostrils are intense aromas of black raspberry, dark cherries and liquorice which are complimented by vanillin confectionary, faint earth and spice notes. Juicy dark raspberry, liquorice and ripe cherry fruits flood the mouth. Jubey feel with vanillin confectionary, scorched earth and pepper characters lying underneath. Excellent power with velvet smooth tannins finishing long and succulent.
Drink over the next 4-5 years.
Alc. 14.4%

Other Reviews....
I've been oscillating between this and its Wait vineyard sibling, struggling to determine which I prefer. While this is not the winner, at least for now, I suggest you buy both. This may well outpace the other in time. There is more intensity, sap and while 'power' is too philistine a word for these beauties, more oomph. Ferrous, even. Yet the mocha seams of oak are more obvious and weighing on the flow, a minor foible to be erased, surely, with patience. Not the pinot-esque beauty queen Wait, but so much to adore. Raspberry bonbon, candied orange peel, vanilla, cardamon and the tamarind entrance of the Marrakech souk. Drink 2022 - 2030.
95 Points
Ned Goodwin MW - Halliday's Australian Wine Companion