Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache

Yalumba bush vine grenacheHuon Hooke’s wine of the week in today’s SMH Good Living is the 2009 Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache from the Barossa Valley.

He says: “Bush vines are the preferred way to grow grenache – as opposed to the orderly rows of trellis wires that support most vines. Grenache is grown as a bush in Provence and the Rhone Valley as well as the Barossa. Yalumba has a range of grenaches, this one being its cheapest. It’s not a complex wine but is very accessible in its youth, thanks to a combination of soft, light tannins and sweetly juicy fruit. The shape is round and the texture seductively smooth. There’s a hint of confectionery about it. You don’t have to wait for it to mature. It’s ready young – like pinot noir. Drink now to 2017. 14% alcohol. 90/100.

Food suggestion: Hearty winter pies, especially steak and kidney; pasta with a game ragu; barbecued kangaroo fillet.

So this is not one for the cellar.

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