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2017 The Absconder Grenache

Cellar Door
$70.00
Bell Ringers
$63.00
Varieties
Grenache
Vintage
2017
Country
Australia
Region
McLaren Vale
Alcohol
14.5%
Bottle size
750 mL

From one of the oldest grenache blocks in McLaren Vale, came the opportunity to create a wine whose heritage dates back to our founder Robert Strangways Wigley’s time. Wigley was an eccentric whose lust for life had at times seen him fall foul of the law in his home town. In fact, one episode involving the ”acquisition” of the famous Adelaide pie-cart and a joy ride through the city streets was the catalyst for banishment to McLaren Vale. However Wigley did not abscond into the wilderness. He became known for his world class wines - including fortifieds made with the grenache of the day - and helped to build the reputation of McLaren Vale.

Colour

Deep burgundy with a scarlet edge.

Bouquet

Ripe blueberries, wild raspberries and Victoria plums are followed by nutmeg, earth and thyme. A fragrant combination of primary fruits, spices, florals and dried herbs.

Palate

Dense and plush, the core red fruits and cherry liqueur are wrapped in layers of sweet, musky spice. Waves of silky, sandy-textured tannin finish the wine with an earthy, savoury note.

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Professional Reviews

This has impressive depth, purity and detail with an impeccably fresh array of raspberry and red-plum aromas, subtle oak spices and plenty of perfume. The palate is seamless and even, showing such purity and elegance with length and power. Stunning. Drink or hold.

Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com 96

The Absconder is a basket-pressed, hand-plunged in open fermenters, 100-year-old Grenache, aged in French oak and dedicated to Wirra Wirra founder Robert Strangways Wigley. This fascinating and serially mischievous fellow ‘absconded’ not into the ‘wilderness’ from ‘civilisation’ but to McLaren Vale where he proceeded to make great wine. Calm, pretty and deeply perfumed on the nose, with no rough edges or unnecessary grunt on the palate, this is a Pinot Noir-shaped Grenache with undeniable beauty and joy at its core.

Matthew Jukes, Best 100 Australian Wines 2018/19

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