2013 Mr. Riggs "The Magnet-Dogridge Vineyard" Old Vine Grenache McLaren Vale
*Special Value Selection* Beefy and substantial in a varietal context though it's mostly packed with redcurrant and assorted red berried fruit. The point is it has a rich ripeness to it. It also comes packed with dried spices and sandy tannin, and manages to simultaneously create a serious impression and be perfumed and frivolous.
Beautiful florals here. This has a neat purity and alluring fruit perfume, lightly candied, the palate delivers flavors of blood orange, raspberry and pink grapefruit, tannins are lacy and lithe; a great example of Mclaren Vale Grenache.
*Editors' Choice* Not many $30 wines can offer fruit from 100-year-old vines, but this one does. It's full bodied and rich, with notes of plum and black cherries supported by hints of chocolate and vanilla. (JC)
Perfumed raspberry and blueberry flavors are juicy and supple, with a touch of mineral, green tea and spice, on a taut frame. (Web-2016) (MW)
Winemaker's Notes: "The 100 year old Grenache dry grown bush vines are located at Dogridge Vineyard in the McLaren Vale region. Approximately 8 acres are under bush vine and grow in the alluvial soil of the Kurragong geology formation. This well-drained soil is optimal for Grenache growing. These old vines are low yielding with each bunch providing a concentrated array of flavours from ripe cherries to plums and blackberries. Hand picked in the cool of the morning, 60% whole bunches were put into 5 tonne open fermenter with the remaining 40% crushed onto the top of the Grenache bunches. A daily program of pump overs assists in the partial carbonic maceration which adds complexity to the wine."