Yalumba Old Bush Vine Grenache 2013 Review, Tasting Notes, Food Pairings

Measuring the Yalumba Old Bush Vine Greanche 2013 density up against the Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2009.

Yalumba Old Bush Vine Grenache Tasting Notes & Food Pairings from Barossa Valley, Australia.

Vintage: 2013

“They are not good because they are old; they are old because they are good” – Yalumba Family Winery

After meeting famed Yalumba storyteller Jane Ferrari at a recent Barossa Valley education and Yalumba tasting in Austin, TX — I was hooked before I even tried the wine.   Yalumba crafts wines of precision.  They are able to harness the unique earth and dry climate of Barossa Australia to encapsulate it in their wines.  The Old Bush Vines really are old.  Many of the grapes used to source this Grenache come from vines that were planted as early as 1898.

The Old Bush Vine Grenache, especially the 2012 and 2013 vintages, are lighter in body but pack large flavor nonetheless.  It makes for a great aperitif or is ideal to pair with grilled, roasted or smoked poultry.  The Yalumba Old Bush Vine Grenache is largely available throughout the US at many major liquor stores.  You can also have the current vintage of Yalumba’s Grenache (2014) delivered to your door by Wine.com (one bottle is $20.99).

Yalumba Old Bush Vine Grenache Tasting Notes

In the glass, you can see the lighter bodied warm climate Grenache in a silky red garnet translucency.  The nose is packed with ripe red raspberry, cherry and herb.  On the opening palate, we get more big red fruit flavors, backed by evidence of briar and lightly toasted Hungarian oak.  The mid-palate gives way to long silky tannins over moderate acid and dry underbrush.  Approaching the close, there’s evidence of vanilla spice over dense forest and red currant.  Expect a medium finish.  As the wine ages, expect additional spicy tones with an increased presence of plum, earth and cherry complexities.  Good to drink through 2020.

Check out Yalumba’s take on the wine region of Barossa Valley, Australia.

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