2010 Langmeil "Fifth Wave" Grenache Barrossa Valley South Australia
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby-red. Cherry-vanilla and raspberry aromas are complicated by notes of musky herbs and fresh rose. Juicy and seamless in texture, offering appealingly sweet red fruit flavors that gain weight and spiciness with air. Closes supple and long, with sneaky tannins adding grip and shape.
Mid-crimson colour, raspberry coulis and spiced vanillin notes contribute to the bouquet; the palate is soft centred and forward, and shows the variety in its most accessible light.
The Fifth Wave Grenache comes from a once-neglected old vine vineyard in Lyndoch. Langmeil winemaker Paul Lindner saw the potential for the varietal from this vineyard, and helped rejuvenate the site. From the winery: 'Aromas of dark cherry and raspberry fruits mingle with sweet spice, vanilla, hints of savoury roastiness and white pepper nuances. Ripe, red berry fruit flows onto the palate, melding into lovely sweet and briary spice. The finish lingers on a pepper and spice note with typical chalky and youthfully firm tannins."