No need for formalities
Why do so many people seem to take wine so seriously all of the time?
Well, in case you didn’t know…. You don’t have to.
Good fun wine needs to be enjoyed more readily, without being judged by the depth of flavour, the complexity, the cellaring potential, or the price tag.
Case in point.
At just $15 a bottle at cellar door, Tscharke’s Grenache Mataro is an expression of modern fruit forward wine, made to drink now. This wine punches above it’s weight and is outside of the box, looking in at the stuff you’ll find clogging the shelves at your chain-style wine merchants. There’s no holding back with the aromatics on this one, bright bouncy strawberries and raspberries spill out into the air as you pour your wine. Pink muskiness as a result of carbonic maceration is undeniable, with 50 % of the Grenache undergoing whole bunch fermentation. Pomegranate and rose petals are also accompanied by a thin veil of white pepper.
It’s ridiculously fruit forward on the palate, with those fresh red fruits coming through joined by dried plums and musk. Medium in body and acid, light oak spice lingers on the finish, with only the softest savoury tannin. Definitely not what you’ve come to expect from the Barossa Valley.
But let’s cut the formalities.
Have a couple bottles chilled. Invite some friends around on a balmy night. Sit out on the veranda. Share some food. Share some stories. Share some wine.
Because wine is meant to be shared.
FOOD: Moroccan chicken and kalamata olive tagine, served on dried fruit couscous, with a good handful of freshly chopped coriander.
SOUNDTRACK: Australian funk from 2002 – Rhibosome