2014 Ochota Barrels "The Green Room" Grenache-Syrah McLaren Vale South Australia (Previously $40)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Pale vibrant ruby, the 2014 The Green Room Grenache Syrah is a blend of 88% Grenache and 12% Syrah that reveals lifted red cherry, crushed raspberry and red plum nose with spice box, roses, potpourri and peppery hints plus a waft of dried herbs. Light-bodied, fresh, silky and multilayered, the palate shows beautiful elegance. This wine defies your conceptions of McLaren Vale. (LPB)
Brilliant red. Pungent red berry and candied rose scents are complicated by a smoky mineral quality and a hint of Asian spices. Spicy, distinctly elegant raspberry and floral pastille flavors put on weight with air, picking up a sexy note of five-spice powder. Finishes spicy, gently tannic and very long, with excellent focus and energy and an echoing floral quality. This graceful wine could easily pass for a ripe New World Pinot Noir.
A whole bunch-fermented 88/12% blend. The colour is light and clear, notwithstanding a heavy deposit that looks as if it might be tartrate crystals, unusual for red wines; an unusually juicy, light-bodied blend from McLaren Vale reflecting very early picking. Left field and then some.
Fresh and lively, with rose petal accents to the raspberry and tea leaf flavors, lingering gently on the finish. Charming. (Web Only—2015)