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2005 Jasper Hill "Cornella" Grenache Heathcote Victoria (Biodynamic)

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93 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Grenache 'Cornelia Vineyard' was aged in 20% new oak. It is purple-colored, with a fragrant perfume of intense cherries, kirsch, and chocolate. Supple and suave on the palate, it has gobs of spicy, earthy, black cherry fruit, excellent depth, and a long, pure finish. Drink it over the next 8-10 years." A K&L Wine Merchants Exclusive! We are the only ones to have this wine in the United States and even then we were limited to only 20 cases. I visited Ron Laughton and his daughter Emily in March of this year, and was all too happy to make the trek to Heathcote to their iconic winery. They are pioneers in the area and to using biobynamic viticulture there. The wine shows beautiful aromas of smoky black raspberry, boysenberry, iron, earth and a light meaty note. There is teriffic purity to the wine that shows impeccable balance with fine-grained tannins and an incredible long finish. VERY LIMITED. (Jim Chanteloup, K&L Australian 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.


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Alcohol Content (%): 15