I remember as a kid our neighbour had a tricycle. You know, one of those bikes that had a large-ish wheel at the front and two slightly smaller ones at the back. The pedals were on the front wheel being the main driver of the tricycle while the two back wheels gave you a sense of confidence and stability that you wouldn’t get riding a normal bike (except if you tried to go around a corner too fast and it tipped over).
The ‘front wheel’ of this wine is the (40%) Grenache. It has those delicious red fruit and spicy aromas that make your mouth water while the two back wheels of (31%) Mataro adding a hint of licorice and (29%) Shiraz some dark fruits.
Tasting the wine was a bit of a surprise. I expected the Grenache to continue to be the main driver on the palate but that was not the case. Yes, it provided those juicy red fruit and spicy notes here too but the Mataro chimed in with some good plummy mid palate weight, savouriness and firm but fair tannins. The Shiraz, well, that certainly held up its ‘third wheel’ role with some darker fruit richness and good length.
Grab your helmet, jump on and pedal to your hearts content because this nicely balanced blend will not be tipping over going around any corners soon.
Region: Clare Valley, SA Price: $26 Source: Sample