David Franz Barossa Valley Grenache Noir, 2015
This stuff is seriously tasty. David Franz is the son of Australian wine royalty, Peter Lehmann. This means he has access to some of Australia's oldest and finest vines. This Grenache (he calls it Grenache Noir because its more akin to Pinot Noir than the typically dark and overdone Aussie Grenaches of years gone by) comes from a block in his Stonewell vineyard that was planted in 1923. Yes, nearly 100 year old vines which kick out some seriously intense and beautiful Grenache grapes. On first pour you could mistake this for Pinot Noir, its light and bright to look at, but its beautifully intense aromas make you well aware that this is a serious wine. Its on the raspberry and strawberry fruit spectrum as opposed to anything darker, but there is something dark and savoury lurking underneath that bright fruit. The slightly musky spice makes me think of autumnal and winter dishes. It would be fabulous with Christmas dinner, although the bottle art might startle some of the more reserved guests!