What’s in the glass tonight June 20th – Grenache

Cloud9

Cloud 9

I was L’s “plus 1” at a Chiropractic conference on Denarau Island in Fiji last weekend. A highlight of our last day was boating out to Cloud 9, a floating dive platform anchored at Roro Reef off the northwestern flank of Malolo Island in the Mamanucas. We spent the day there snorkelling, bombing off the top deck, eating pizzas and drinking lots of Fiji Bitter in the sun. Paradise.

One of the participants I met at the conference was a very engaging and knowledgeable Chiro and winemaker, Arron Scott. He studied winemaking as an adult, part-time. He started off buying grapes to make his wine, but eventually bought his own property. He generously presented a bottle of his Grenache for us to try at a group dinner on our last night. This was a bottle he had brought all the way from home.

Jinu Grenache 2014

Jinu Wines “Mummas Little Helper” Old Vine Grenache Adelaide Hills 2014

Made from grapes off 60 year old vines. 15%. Purple-ish ruby.

A light easy-drinking wine, delying the alcohols. Indeed, it didn’t taste hot at all. Lots of smooth full fruit flavours of raspberries and strawberries, light on the tannins, juicy and feminine. I have no means of comparison as this is my first ever pure Grenache to taste, so no rating.

I liked it more, the more I tried it tho. Thanks Arron!

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