The Dodgy Bros are all about small lot winemaking, with fruit from sites that show regional and sub regional characters. They make modern and serious expressions of McLaren Vale wines, but also like to have a good time and don’t take themselves too seriously. Winemaking is a juxtaposition of science and art – where the rigid and structured environment of science meshes with an artistic freedom and creativity.
The 2018 Grenache is a blend of two vineyards from the north-east end of McLaren Vale. Fruit was harvested from Bernard Smart’s vineyard in Clarendon (planted in 1921), and the Wait family vineyard in Blewitt Springs (planted in 1942).
From the Smart vineyard in Clarendon (1921) and Wait vineyard in Blewitt Springs (1942). A treasure trove of Grenache in the McLaren Vale. Violet, raspberry and spice, heady aromatics married to richness of fruit. A regal carriage of lush red fruits, a thick ribbon of silky tannin, cool integrated ‘mineral’ acidity, subtle earthiness like sweet soil freshly turned, outstanding length and fine silty tannin trailing. A thing of beauty. This wine has been hit out of the park in 2018. Tasted: Jan 20; Alcohol: 14.2%; Price: $29; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2020-2028+; Rated: 96 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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