Bot­tle Stop

Tony Love

The Advertiser - SA Weekend - - COVER STORY -

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.

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