An exploration of wine

634. Grosset, Gaia Clare Valley, 2006

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Book 4 Wine 634

£20; 14%

From the Princess Wine Club. Definitely ready-to-drink, if not getting on a bit. I was in two minds whether or not this was good, but the clincher was a (good) pub’s red, which didn’t have the acidity of this. The freshness makes up for the comparative shortness and simplicity. Deep black-garnet. Pronounced, focused blackcurrant fruit-sweet, but on the fresh side of jammy. Cocoa, oak-spice and hint of tobacco from the 20% Cabernet Franc. Warm and round. Sweet blackcurrant fruit with a black pepper overtone. Medium to medium+ acidity. Medium-, ripe tannin suggests a relatively short shelf-life. Medium length only – a very up-front, classically New World wine.

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