2022 Cobaw Ridge Grenache
The inaugural release of Cobaw Ridge's "Negociant Wines" is sourced from M. Chapoutier's certified organic vineyards in the Pyrenees. These vineyards are cultivated with skill and care, fitting seamlessly with Cobaw Ridge's vision and objectives of honest wines produced from Organic Fruit. Crafted from fruit harvested from the outstanding "Landsborough" vineyard, this Grenache reflects the distinct qualities of the mudstone, quartz, and shale soil, which are wonderfully expressed in the wine. The grapes are delicately destemmed, with approximately 15% of whole bunches included in the process. After basket pressing, the wine is matured in large oak barrels and bottled with a minimal addition of sulphur.
For grenache enthusiasts, and those that know their way around a Cobaw Ridge wine or two, this should be a pretty exciting proposition even before pouring a glass. Shay’s Flat vineyard, Pyrenees, organic (certified) vines and the x-factor of the great Cooper family. A coup. New wine, new horizon away from the family farm.
While it ‘s got some concentration and slurp to it there’s a strong sheath of lacy, minerally tannin, some grunty, dried herb/minty/alpine elements and shiitake mushroom in the mix of scents and flavours, alongside a blood orange tang of acidity and a rise of gravelly earthiness. It’s substantial in its way but tightens up to a lingering chew and pucker. Structure galore. A serious feeling grenache but with that succulence and drinkability of best-of grenache examples from cooler places around the globe, and can we say a nebbiolo-like energy and draw of tannin. Fantastic, is the message. Drink 2023 - 2028.
Mike Bennie - The Wine Front