2013 Langmeil "Fifth Wave" Grenache Barossa Valley South Australia

SKU #1246319 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Grenache is being treated with more and more respect around Australia, which means more bottlings are reaching the variety’s potential. Gentle herbal notes intertwine with bunches of black cherries and a hint of vanilla in this medium- to full-bodied example. Hints of red peppercorn capture a unique combination of fruit and spice, while the finish is long and crisp.

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Medium garnet-purple colored, the 2013 Grenache Fifth Wave offers primary fruit notes of crushed cherries and raspberries with nuances of violets, cinnamon stick, anise and mandarin peel. Big, full-bodied and voluptuous fruited in the mouth, this wine satisfies all your Grenache cravings and then some with a complex, nicely balanced example in its throws of youth, finishing long a spicy. It is lovely to drink at this stage but will certainly reward cellaring. (LPB)  (6/2015)

92 points Vinous

 Vivid ruby. Expressive aromas of ripe raspberry, woodsmoke, candied rose and allspice, with a mineral element adding vivacity. Intensely flavored and concentrated but lively as well, conveying good spicy lift to the red berry and floral pastille flavors. Blends richness and vivacity smoothly and shows no rough edges. Finishes with supple, sneaky tannins and strong floral persistence. (JR)  (3/2016)

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South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Barossa Valley

Alcohol Content (%): 15.5