THERE’S no doubt we’ve become enamoured of fresh, young and fruity wines – they suit our up and at ’em kind of attitude to just about every aspect of our lives.
Despite the fact we’ve just endured a horridly cold winter, most of our year is better spent outdoors, barbecuing, ripping through sausages and steaks, them down and without too much staring into the bottom of a glass.
But there’s an increasing awareness too that some wines, reds especially but whites as well, can take a year or two growing into their unique beauty.
The judges at this year’s Marananga wine show in the Barossa, an intense one-day tasting affair with chair Pete Fraser from Yangarra, MW Toni Paterson and myself, faced the challenge between youth and maturity when choosing this year’s wine of the show out of all those entered from the Barossa’s western districts.
two main contenders, a 2014 grenache and a 2010 shiraz from Balthazar of the Barossa. Both are crackers in their own way. Both are worthy winners of their show classes. The Balthazar shiraz prevailed, as well as winning the people’s choice award.
But they’re such different wines when tasted side by side. The grenache is an excitement machine and sizzles on the cellar door in the near future.