The grenache grapes are grown on gnarly vines planted in 1946 in a deep sandy dune on a single vineyard estate in the cooler, elevated northeast of McLaren Vale. Peter Fraser aims for complexity and elegance, therefore the vines are not irrigated, the bunches are sorted in the winery with only the perfect berries being selected. Open fermentation takes place using wild yeasts and then basket pressed.
Pete Fraser has achieved true varietal expression from old bush vines. The nose is a rush of cloves, lavender, dark cherries and raspberries. The palate is rich and mouth-coating with young, grainy tannins that will soften in time. As it evolves, the trademark dusty rose, dry cocoa, eucalyptus and leathery earthiness develops.
If you must have anything with it then keep it simple like a posh cheese sandwich.
Sommelier Wine Awards 2018
Sommelier Wine Awards 2017