We're returning from summer hibernation and (yet) another lockdown and are ready to fill your inboxes, cellars and fridges with plenty of drinking pleasures in 2021. We hope you’ve enjoyed the summer and are ready for a good year of wine… fingers crossed we get a good run at it this year.
There are a few small changes on the horizon, which you’ll see in due course, but we will get straight into it with this years first wine. It’s a summer/ autumn red, bistro style, medium bodied, aromatic, savoury and satisfying… and it is a ridiculous price.
We’re heading to Blewitt Springs which is a small area in McLaren Vale. It is the high, north-west corner of the region, famous for it’s sandy soils, white Maslin sand to be exact, speckled with ironstone. There are sandy soils, and then there are sandy soils… and if you pick up this white dirt you will watch it run through your fingers like the sand from Maslin Beach 16 kilometres away. The variety is (obviously) Grenache which thrives here. It’s pedigree, and real estate, is rising and it has become the reference point for the best Australian Grenache (the pocked of Vine Vale in Barossa may argue this).
The wine is from The Other Wine Co, whose ‘otherness’ refers to it being a small side label to Shaw + Smith in the neighbouring Adelaide Hills (must note connection to Press here). It must be said though, that The Other Wine Co. is a serious wine co, whose focuses’ lie in producing important and alluring varieties that sit outside the Shaw + Smith remit. The Grenache was the first wine produced under this label back in 2015, as the Shaw + Smith winemaker grew up in the McLaren Vale and was curious to produce a modern expression of Grenache from this famous, sandy dirt. The result belies its price (also a remit of Other Wine Co.), with quality, savouriness and structure beyond it’s modest $25.
The wine is dark fruited (as Grenache should be), but on a fine and sleek frame. Perfume is flowers, spice, dry herb and earth, which is a bit like a Pinot, but the weight on the palate is dialed up to medium bodied. It is earthy, but silky in texture and has loads of finesse. This is a great expression of Blewitt Springs Grenache, but it is also just a really enjoyable dry red wine that could be on a dinner table any night of the week. We recommend absolutely decanting this wine. Let it breathe for 30 minutes to an hour. The perfume and flavours change quickly and dramatically, and it will be lovely and open by the time you get to it.
We hope you enjoy this easy red and we look forward to getting you plenty more over the year.
Tom and Dan