2014 Ochota Barrels "The Green Room" Grenache-Syrah McLaren Vale South Australia (Previously $40)

SKU #1230170 93 points 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)  (8/2015)

92 points Vinous

 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.  (3/2016)

91 points James Halliday

 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.  (7/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Fresh and lively, with rose petal accents to the raspberry and tea leaf flavors, lingering gently on the finish. Charming. (Web Only—2015)

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McLaren Vale