2012 McLaren Vale Grenache
Australia: McLaren Vale (South)
Today’s Imprimata Wines 2012 McLaren Vale Grenache is a fantastic offering from our new favorite Australian winemaker, Ben Glaetzer, who has turned out to be one of Australia’s rising star winemakers.
On opening, this wine may seem brash and somewhat overpowering, but let it breathe and it softens and the fruit flavors become more, well, fruity. Make no mistake, even after some extended decanting or vigorous swirling, this wine still packs a delicious wallop.
Enjoy this very highly recommended wine with something that matches its heartiness. Throw a thick cut steak on to the barbie, and enjoy!
A beautiful, almost midnight scarlet at its core, with just a touch of a lighter red ruby edge.
Big and bold, with smoky stewed plum, reduced blackberry, berry bramble, tobacco leaf, leather, all spice, black peppercorn, and clove.
Robust, lush, and concentrated, with a dark fruit compote of black cherry, plum, and boysenberry laid overtop hickory smoke, fresh cedarwood shavings, sweet tobacco leaf, cassis, coffee bean, and a touch of pomegranate black tea.
Powerful and super bold, this wine pops in your mouth and is not the bit reserved about it. On the finish, just a hint of pomegranate remains on the tip of the tongue.
A New York Strip, grilled to perfection, served with a teriyaki reduction and caramelized onions drizzled overtop.
What the Winery Says
This 100% Grenache is grown in the tough Ironstone laden hills of McLaren Vale. The vines appear to float above the valley and the sea below, braving the winds off of the Southern Ocean and keeping yields achingly low, thus producing a profound Grenache of delicate balance. Aged in neutral oak for 5 months.
With a relationship rooted in 10 years of friendship, Ben Glaetzer and Benjamin Hammerschlag share a common vision of “producing wines that while they exhibit a distinct ripeness, richness and power also are balanced and vibrant. The fruit was picked in March and remained in tank until July at which time it was transferred into older oak until being bottled first week of July.
91 Point Review-Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar Lush, expressive aromas of fresh raspberry and cherry compote, with a spicy topnote adding vivacity. Silky and sweet, offering intense red berry, floral pastille and spicecake flavors that gain weight in the glass. Finishes silky and long, with resonating spice and floral notes. This is delicious now but has the balance to age.
- Ben Glaetzer
- 91 Points - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
- McLaren Vale, Australia
- Fruit Variety
- 100% Grenache
About the Winery
An imprimatur (from Latin, “let it be released”) is, in essence, a declaration, an endorsement. In what can be viewed as the ultimate endorsement of Australia’s viniferous strengths, Benjamin Hammerschlag has elected to establish roots in the country. Concurrent with his passion for seeking out Australia’s best wines, Hammerschlag began his quest for the perfect piece of property for his own wine in 2006. His search ended at one of the highest points in McLaren Vale in the subdistrict of Seaview, known for producing fruit with a track record for the highest quality. Hammershlag’s goal, naturally, has been to produce the best wine from his particular location. To do so, he is collaborating with winemaker Ben Glaetzer. Hammershlag describes his role as that of managing the grapes along the way but ultimately letting this special place dictate the outcome while Glaetzer nurtures the grapes to the best possible expression of this terroir.