"Turkey Flat Vineyards' 2016 Grenache's win in the Jimmy Watson Trophy award last week at the Royal Melbourne for the best red wine from the past two vintages has focused further attention on the much planted but still relatively under-the-radar grenache variety.
It's obviously in favour with the judging classes, but as Turkey Flat winemaker Mark Bulman reports, it's still a hard sell in the marketplace.
"It's still a geek wine, but the tide is definitely turning." he says. "It's a naturally joyous wine, and when people have it their eyes light up."
Mark humbly claims the Turkey Flat wine was in the right place at the right time in terms of professional and public appreciation of the variety, but beneath the surface you can tell he has a natural affinity in teasing out its finer attributes, from fruit sourcing to a complex set of winemaking techniques. He's shy with his own dictionary of descriptors, so here are mine:
As in many examples of the variety, the colour is a little muted, and its first impressions are typical as well: earthy, spicy, fleshy and juicy with a generous ripeness and mouthfeel that bridges stickiness and grip, holding your sensory attentions as its bloody, saline savouries offset the spicy fruit, all the intrigues of the variety to the for and all crowned by a fine, textural, mineral/sandy finish. It's a cracker."
SA Weekend Magazine. October 28 2017