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The Old Faithful Almond Grove Mourvedre

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The Old Faithful wines are made from seriously old vine fruit. The earliest plantings go way back to 1862, so these wines have a fair bit of fruit concentration. This is a real Harley Davidson of a wine with plenty of grunt and presence. Aromas of dark plums, anise and toastiness whirl around the glass, together with hints of earthy savouriness. The palate is deep and lush with generous licks of mocha oak, sturdy tannins, and a rich, warming finish. It will cellar for a few more years, but will grapple with a juicy steak right now.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Deep saturated burgundy with a purple hue.

Nose: Cedar oak, forest floor earthiness – verging gamey, dark liquorice and black fruits with brooding complexity and a light nuttiness.

Palate: Fruit and oak meld into a complex palate that is starting to show varietal complexities. Firm yet soft tannin is complemented with crisp acidity and a warming alcoholic lift. Needs time in the cellar to blossom.

Cellaring: 8-12 years, longer in a cool cellar.

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The Old Faithful Almond Grove Mourvedre

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A massive wine, with all the grainy/rocky tannins which mourvedre is noted for and hence is usually used as a blend component. Long life ahead.
To 2021
Australian Wine Companion 2009
93
WINESTATE (2006 Vintage) says
Gamey/leafy nose and leathery/chocolaty palate with nice punchy tannin backbone.
Winestate
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Retains good hue; dark berry fruits with the lingering tannins expected of the variety, but needs more mid-palate push.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
89

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