The Other Wine Co. Grenache 2016
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Red fruit and spice characters, with intensity and concentration gained from old vines. The tannins are ripe and silky, the fruit lifted and irresistible.
‘The Other Wine Co.’ was established by Martin Shaw and Michael Hill-Smith of ‘Shaw + Smith’ in 2015. In an effort to ‘give the winemakers the opportunity to make wines from varieties and/or regions that fall outside of Shaw + Smith’s rigorous definition’, by making wines from the right grapes grown in the right places.
While this may sound obvious, they say, ‘it is more often than not breached rather than observed, leading to wines that say little about where they come from’ (except perhaps that they should be grown somewhere else). ‘The Other Wine Co.’ focuses mainly on Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir from the Adelaide Hills and Grenache from McLaren Vale, and Cabernet Franc from Kangaroo Island, a region that now has over a dozen wineries.
The wines are made at the ‘Shaw + Smith’ winery in Balhannah, and are intended for ‘casual consumption’, with an emphasis on freshness, balance and drinkability. The wines produce avoid an overpowering oak flavour on the palate and over-ripeness. ‘The 2015 Grenache’ won the ‘Hot 100 Wines’ competition, which are now one of Martin and Michael’s best sellers, with many excellent reviews from wine critics.
‘The Other Wine Co. Pinot Gris’ came from low-yielding vineyards, helping the concentration of fruit, with aromas of pear and lemon and a rose-like thread on the palate, accompanied by good acid. ‘The Other Wine Co. Grenache’ comes from 45-year-old vines and is ‘fresh, vibrant and spicy’, thanks to the whole-bunch and whole-berry fermentation, and it features oodles of red fruits on the nose and palate, with fine tannins adding to its drinkability.
For more information on The Other Wine Co. and their wines, visit their website.
A behemoth of a state, South Australia is responsible for over 50% of Australia’s wine production. With the first known planting here taking place in 1836, local vintners have had time to truly perfect their art. In fact, SA is also home to some of the oldest Shiraz vines on the planet, with around 38% of SA’s old vines being Shiraz.
Such a large area means that the terrain, climate and soil profiles vary immensely between regions, allowing for a vast array of varieties to thrive. Some of South Australia’s premier wine regions include; Barossa Valley, Mclaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and the Adelaide hills. Such a collection of prime wine regions has earned South Australia the grand title of Australia’s Wine Capital. But it doesn’t stop there, the prowess of SA wine producers mixed with fantastic growing conditions has garnered the state the privilege of being dubbed one of the 9 Great Wine Capitals of the World.
Towards the end of the 19th century, Europe was ravaged by an outbreak of Phylloxera, an aphid that injects a venom into the root of the vine while sucking out sap. The effect of the outbreak vastly influenced the global market. For example, France’s wine output decreased by over 40%, with the whole ordeal costing the country over 10 billion francs. Luckily for all, the grand ‘down-under’ remained a wine wonder, as the blight couldn’t take flight and reach the far away lands.