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Blackbilly Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre

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The blackbilly wines are rich, soft and highly glugable in style, which is the perfect desciption for this grenache blend. Aromas of sweet raspberries and dark plums run around the nose hairs, whilst the palate is fuller-bodied and sumptuous with lots of red and black fruit flavours, a hit of spicy oak, soft tannins, and a sweetly-fruited finish. Get those lamb kebabs on the BBQ now!

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Dark brick red with a fresh purple hue.

Nose: Complex ‘Cote du Rhone’ style nose with light bubble gum, fresh dark forest fruits with a light touch of truffle.

Palate: Medium bodied style with alert acidity with light cedary, vanillin oak. Quite fruity early on the palate with lingering spice and white pepper which adds depth to ripe, dark fruits finishing with soft tannin.

Food: Mediterranean olive, garlic and tomato pizza or any pasta suits well. Try snapper with a herb crust. Pasta with truffle…

Cellaring: Drink now but medium term cellaring will add further complexity and regional complexity. Will benefit from early decanting.

Vintage: 2011 was a cool, damp vintage meaning that we needed to be exceptionally rigorous in the selection of our grapes. The styles are still robust but show an element of elegance from the cool season.

Alcohol: 14%

expert reviews about

Blackbilly Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre

Expert Reviews

WINESTATE (2010 Vintage) says
Lovely spicy oak aromas and good fruity palate with a five spice-like lift.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011)
WINESTATE (2009 Vintage) says
Big, rugged brute of a wine that needs cellaring. Good balance of spicy mulberry fruit.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011) 2011
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
89
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A very powerful, full-bodied wine with an array of tar, bitter chocolate and black fruit flavours, backed by full-throttle tannins; the top gold medal in its class at the Melbourne Wine Show '08 was surprising, but not as much as the fact that 64% is grenache.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
92
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A fractionally reduced bouquet; has textural and structural interest; spicy earthy verging on peppery notes to the core of red and black fruits.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
90
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
Plenty of McLaren Vale plum here, just moves into jammy territory, some blackberry too, gently spicy; really pure, good concentration. Grenache runs the show on the palate, bright blackberry fruit flavour and easygoing tannins, some darker more brooding flavours at the finish.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
94

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