Three Dark Horses Grenache, McLaren Vale 2013 $28
The 25 per cent whole-bunch fermentation adds spiciness to the sweetly super-ripe berry aromas, and there are vanilla, chocolate and dried herb notes. It’s medium-bodied and smooth, balanced and lingering, with a warming afterglow. Very enjoyable drinking already. (Screw cap; 14.5 per cent alcohol.) Score 92 ★★★★ – view on huonhooke.com
Ageing? Drink for 12 years.
Food idea: Slow-cooked beef brisket.
Stockists: Justin Lill Wines, Berry (NSW); Rathdowne Cellars and Blackhearts & Sparrows (Vic.)
Ranked #4 of 24 2013 Grenache tasted from South Australia
Price Benchmark: $35.83 Avg 92pt 2013 Grenache tasted from Australia