2011 Epicurean Bistro Grenache
Australia: McLaren Vale (South)
Today’s Epicurean Wines 2011 Epicurean Bistro Grenache is a fantastic find that our tasting panel took great delight in reviewing for you.
This Aussie wine is lovely and complex on the nose with dark fruits that initially sit underneath the earthy elements of dried leaves, bramble, leather and dark spice. As you spin the wine in your glass, these aromas combine to create a wonderfully balanced and well-integrated aromatic treat.
On the palate, the wine presents plenty of food-positive attributes, making it a great wine to pair with a variety of food combinations, from casual bistro fare to more complex meat dishes. Enjoy this wine with something savory for optimal results.
Nearly translucent, beautiful crimson through and through, with a slightly hazy ruby red at the very edge of the glass.
Subtle and refined, with earth and fruit on near equal footing. Red fruit notes nudge up against sweet tobacco leaf, saddle leather, smoky cured meat, clove, and white pepper.
On the palate, a beautiful blend of terroir and fruit, with a touch of spice added to the mix. Fresh strawberry and raspberry are joined by notes of well aged leather, cedarwood cigar box, fresh forest floor, black pepper, anise, sage, and clove.
Long and lasting, the finish is highlighted by the delicate interplay of red fruit and well aged leather. At the very end, this wine leaves you with a note of pepper spice.
A lamb burger, spiced with rosemary, oregano, garlic, and feta.
What the Winery Says
Introducing a new Grenache from Epicurean Wines. Bistro Grenache was made in a less serious style with bright fresh fruit flavors that make it an easy quaffer. The grapes were sourced and the wine made by Stephen Pannell who has access to some of the best vineyard sites in McLaren Vale. The wine hasn’t seen a lick of oak allowing the vibrant fruit character of the Grenache to shine through.
90 Point Review - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar Sexy, spice-accented aromas of red fruits and potpourri, with a hint of anise in the background. Sweet and lithe on the palate, offering focused strawberry and raspberry flavors and a seamless texture. Finishes clean and spicy, with good energy and length. This is a very successful wine from a difficult vintage.
- Stephen Pannell
- 90 Points - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
- McClaren Vale, Australia
- Fruit Composition
- 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.