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2012 Duke Reserve Grenache


Only from the finest vintages in the Clare Valley do we produce a Duke Reserve Grenache. 2012 provided that opportunity; the perfectly slow ripened fruit, intense flavours and aromatics, fine grained tannins, all beautifully matched to a blend of new and seasoned French oak casks to quietly build texture and complexity within.
  • Winemaking

    Made in very limited quantities and sourced from an eighty year old vineyard in the heart of Watervale, the hand picked fruit parcels were destemmed and fermented in an open topped vessel on skins, until complete dryness, before basket pressing to small French oak casks to mature for 16 months. No fining or filtration were done before bottling and the wine enjoyed well over a year in the cellar before its current release.

    Appearance

    Brick red in colour with vibrant crimson hues.

    Nose

    An intoxicatingly perfumed and sculptured nose, featuring notes of kirsch, cherry ripe, dark chocolate and truffles nicely supported by classy French oak char.

    Palate

    A mouthwatering and complex palate, cleverly harnessing the power of the old vine fruit flavours of dark cherry, cocoa and licorice with garden spices, licks of French oak and natural tannins.

  • The Wine Front

    • 92+ Points
    • Campbell Mattinson
    • It's stringy and structural but it's also lashed with sweet, berried fruit. It boasts both elegance and power. Dried herbs, florals, sweet earth, charcuterie, toast and then boysenberry and raspberry. It's quite a parade. It deserves a decant, and a bit of patience.

    Jeremy Oliver

    • 94 Points
    • Long, smooth and fine-grained, this stylish grenache has a brambly, rather meaty bouquet of figs, raisins and raspberries backed by a suggestions of quince and earthy, funky nuances. It's medium to full-bodied, with a measured, polished expression of bright, deep and translucent flavours of red and blue fruits that become quite meaty and savoury towards its long, refreshing finish.

    The Real Review

    • 92 Points
    • Toni Paterson
    • Dark ripe fruits with a hint of roasted meat. The palate is sweet-fruited, fleshy and succulent with strong blackcurrant flavours. It is a beautifully soft wine that is drinking well now.

    James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion 2016

    • 95 Points
    • James Halliday
    • Grown on 80+ year old vines (and some over 100). It's not impenetrable but it's darker and more substantial than you'd normally expect from this variety. The word beast springs to mind; or it does, until its charms start to work on you. Sweet, grainy, earthen and authoritative flavours motor through the palate, seducing as much as impressing as they go. There's a sizeable churn of tannin here too but the fruit squelches deep into it, making for juicily profound drinking.

    Jeremy Oliver Australian Wine Annual

    • 93 Points
    • Long, smooth and fine-grained, this stylish grenache has a brambly, rather meaty bouquet of figs, raisins and raspberries backed by a suggestions of quince and earthy, funky nuances. It's medium to full-bodied, with a measured, polished expression of bright, deep and translucent flavours of red and blue fruits that become quite meaty and savoury towards its long, refreshing finish.
    • ALC/VOL: 14.5%
    • Size: 750ML
    • Closure: Screwcap
    • Varietal: Grenache
    • Cellaring: Potential of at least 10 - 12 years with careful cellaring.



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