2004 Pirramimma "Old Bush Vines" Grenache McLaren Vale South Australia

SKU #1168771 James Halliday

 Shows spicy, earthy bottled-developed characters; distinct Southern Rhone notes, the tannins balanced. Vines planted in 1944.  (7/2008)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/14/2014 | Send Email
I was so pleasantly surprised by all the Pirramimma wines and the pricing is just CRAZY good! This pure Grenache is from a vineyard called the "Prisoner of War" which was planted in 1944! These vines have produced a fine, rich, wild bramble flavored wine. Lots of gamey meaty notes reminiscent of the Southern Rhone. Toasted spice and dark-edged fruit fill the mid-palate. Beautifully polished tannins that have benefited from time in bottle. The wine finishes with a sandalwood note that lingers long on the palate. Exceptional value on this K&L exclusive deal.
Top Value!

By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/14/2014 | Send Email
All of the Pirramimma wines are crazy good for the money, and have some bottle development as well. I have always been a fan of the '04 vintage which was a bit cooler and offered fine balance and structure. This Grenache has a lifted nose with smoky raspberry, dark cherry, cedar, clove, nutmeg and some meaty notes. On the palate there are supple tannins with good length.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/14/2014 | Send Email
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I really liked this wine’s smoky aromatics: savory, meaty, beef stew; almost just a rush of saturated flavors. On the palate the wine has a fleshy, supple and plush feel yet is balanced by a forceful acidity that brings the wine together on the palate. Soupy Aussie wines don’t do it for me but this wine crossed over into a really fun, rustic BBQ wine that will be sure to please lots of different palates.
Drink from 2014 to 2017

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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.

South Australia

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McLaren Vale