2010 Twelftree Grenache Greenock Barossa Valley (Elsewhere $60)

SKU #1276583 94 points James Halliday

 Good colour; by coincidence, also comes from 57-year-old vines; one-third matured in a stainless steel barrel, and two-thirds in five-year-old French oak; 107 dozen made. I am a simple chap, and read in wonderment in Michael Twelftree's description of the bouquet, thus I see plums, spiced if you prefer, and a palate that is, as suggested, full and even, with a long finish. Most of all, it doesn't have the confection character of many Barossa Valley grenaches.

92 points Vinous

 Vivid ruby. The powerful bouquet offers red and dark berry liqueur, potpourri and peppery spices. Deeply concentrated but lively, displaying vibrant blackberry and mulberry flavors lifted by tangy acidity. Closes with impressive thrust and energy, leaving dark berry and allspice notes behind. (JR)  (7/2012)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2010 Twelftree Greenock Grenache has an intense blueberries and blackberries notes with an underlying dark chocolate and mint character. Full bodied and concentrated with a good backbone of acidity to lift the fruit, it has a medium level of velvety tannins and a slight dried fruit character in the long finish. Drink it now to 2018+. Only 100 cases were produced. (LPB)

K&L Notes

Twelftree are tiny production, single vineyard wines from Two Hands winemaking legend Michael Twelftree. With decades of experience crafting some of South Australia's most revered wines with Two Hands Michael has carefully selected these single vineyard parcels for their exceptional quality and released limited quantities under his own namesake label. By taking a strong position on these wines we were able to secure some of these bottlings at ludicrously low prices. These will be gone in a flash; if you like big, bold, powerful reds with great purity and rich texture act fast. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L Aussie Wine Buyer)

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- Fat, ripe and rich with ample fruit and vibrant acidity, wines made from Grenache are easy to love. While its origins are still under dispute - some suggest Spain, where it is called Garnacha, while others say it came first from Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau - it is inarguably one of the most planted varietals in the world. A hearty grape, Grenache does well in hot, dry regions and its sturdy stalk also makes it well-suited to withstand blustery conditions like the Provençal Mistral. It ripens at relatively high sugar levels, which translates to higher potential alcohol in the wines it produces. Grenache may be most famous in the Southern Rhône areas such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas where it has long been an important component of delicious blends. But it's also the source of the crisp rosés from Tavel, Lirac and Provence, and age-worthy vins doux naturels like Rivsaltes and Banyuls. Grenache is also found in large swaths of northeastern Spain, in Navarre, in Rioja, where it plays a supporting role in blends with Tempranillo, and in the distinctive wines of Priorat. The grape was once the most widely planted varietal in Australia, though Shiraz and Cabernet have overtaken it. In California, Grenache plantings have dwindled from their heyday in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is starting to see a resurgence, albeit in smaller plantings, where other Rhône varietals thrive.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Barossa Valley

Alcohol Content (%): 15