Chocolate Box Cherry Chocolate GSM 2013

Chocolate Box Cherry Chocolate GSM 2013 $23 ★★★★ If you prefer your reds to be sweet, plummy, plush and velvety-smooth, then this will definitely spin your wheels because it’s all of the above and more.  Juicy, generous dark fruit, loads of spice and chocka with chocolate, this blend of grenache, shiraz and mourvedre is fleshy, […]

St John’s Road Motley Bunch Barossa Valley GSM 2013

St John’s Road Motley Bunch Barossa Valley GSM 2013 $20 ★★★★ Loving this blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro which is made by Phil Lehmann, son of Peter Lehmann who is a Barossa Valley legend.  It boasts vanilla, spiced plums and cherry notes, smoke, bright berries and stacks of fresh acidity.  It’s a lovely, layered […]

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Gimblett Gravels Grenache 2014

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Gimblett Gravels Grenache 2014 $24 ★★★★ Grenache is super-rare in this country, and Villa Maria have just one solitary hectare of vines planted smack bang in the middle of New Zealand’s most prestigious red wine region.  This is also the only New Zealand grenache made on it’s own, not blended with […]

El Burro Kickass Garnacha 2013

El Burro Kickass Garnacha 2013 $16.95 ★★★½ Kickass by name and kickass by nature (if ‘by nature’ means you’re looking for a bright, vibrantly fruity, berry-driven red that also has a sniff of cocoa and cured beef and boasts a plush, toasty finish)  According to the importer, it gets its name from the donkeys or […]

Coto de Hayas Garnacha Centenaria 2012

Coto de Hayas Garnacha Centenaria 2012 $29 ★★★★½ Inside this bottle is 100% Grenache crafted from 100 year old vines grown in Spain’s Campo de Borja region – and it’s darn lovely. This wine oozes exotic earthiness, where clove and caramel characters merge with prune, cherry, vanilla and pepper.  I really like the gum-tingling grip […]

Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Grenache 2007

Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Grenache 2007 $60  I’ve been waiting for a 100% Grenache from Hawke’s Bay since forever!  Heady roasting pan juices, rosemary and dusty, earthy aromas lead the way to spicy plum, mace and amazingly silky, earthy, blackberry and cherry smoke.  It’s a muscular, meaty wine – and is just sensational with […]

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