2020 Spinifex Garçon Grenache, Barossa Valley, South Australia
Spinifex is a grass that is critical in holding back coastal foredunes from erosion in a harsh environment. It appears delicate, yet can withstand much of what mother nature can throw at it. It covers the surface of the dune and can be severely impacted by one storm, yet resilient enough to bounce back from the large swells that can pound the sand. Human pedestrian traffic though can cause irreparable damage, so best to tread carefully along the dunes. Spinifex is also the name of a winery that produces fine delicate wines from an environment that could be called harsh. They too are resilient, robust and tendered with care for us to marvel at.
The 2020 Spinifex Garçon Grenache is from the Barossa Valley in South Australia. It is a beautiful light crimson-coloured wine. The nose is perfumed of raspberry and spice with hints of graphite, earth and white and grey peppers. The palate is delicate, with red fruits including raspberries, red currants and pomegranates. Dry spices and white peppers float easily across the palate with fine emery board tannins that along with the flavours lap gently against the dunes for a long, peaceful and lingering finish.
Rating: 95 pts
Drink: Now; 3-10 yrs
Tasted: May 2021