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There is no doubt that McLaren Vale is the spiritual home of Grenache in Australia, the climate is ideal, and the hardy old Grenache vineyards scattered across the region are a treasure to every winemaker in the area.
For Tintara, there is a long history with Grenache, from when it was used for Ports in the days of Thomas Hardy, but more so in the 1990s when we released one of the first varietal Grenache wines produced in Australia. These were wines that still have fans asking at Cellar Door for another bottle.
With Australia and the world’s love affair with Shiraz peaking in the late 90’s & early 2000’s the medium bodied Grenache wines waned somewhat in popularity and wine lovers chased the decadence of Shiraz. However the taste for this delicious variety has finally returned, and with it has our much sought after Reserve Grenache. It is a style of wine crafted with fragrance and balance in mind, with wonderful fruit intensity and silky fine tannin structure.
Sourced form two old vine vineyards in the northern parts of McLaren Vale, one vineyard on shallow loam with underlying red clay and shale, and the second vineyard not more than 1 kilometre away, on classic deep grey sands over ironstone rock, providing beautiful fragrance to complement the power and tannin from the first vineyard.
Aromatic spice, red fruits and tilled earth, the palate is layered with flavours of plum flesh, ripe berry fruits and dark cherry with complexing notes of stalk, peat and hints of amaretto. A wine of balance, elegance and persistence, this stunning example of McLaren Vale Grenache displays purity of fruit and fine lingering tannins.
As the early wines are testament to, this is a wine you can treasure in the cellar for two decades, or enjoy the beauty of old vine Grenache now, this wine is a great return for Hardys Tintara, and we look forward to releasing plenty of vintages to come. With only 300 dozen bottles of this amazing wine produced, buy it before we run out!