Jasper Hill 2004 Cornella Vineyard Grenache



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Winery/Brand: Jasper Hill


The first ever Jasper Hill grenache, and it’s looking very good. Two things stand out: beautiful, fragrant, floral aromatics, just a joy to stick your nose in a glass of this. Then there are the tannins. Fine, long, lots and lots of them, maybe a bit of chalky powderiness to them but at no time do they overwhelm the palate – they start early in the palate and keep themselves alive throughout. In many ways it’s my kind of wine. Licoricey, dry, tannic, floral, a hint of raspberry sweetness and an attractive bitterness on the finish. Fantastic addition to the range. Drink: 2005- 2012. 91 points. Campbell Mattinson, Winefront Monthly



The Story

When I first stuck my nose in this I thought Troy had overdone the sweet, coffeed oak – but the palate well and truly reassured me. The oak does stick out a bit but it’s perfumed and lively, and the fruit is so sure, fresh and dense that it’ll soak it up and tone it in way before most people have opened their stash. This wine reminds a lot of the 2002 Penfolds RWT: it’s full of boysenberry and licorice and cedar, with a fine sting of tannin and a redcurrant jelly-like brightness. Don’t be mislead: this is every bit Barossan shiraz, concentrated and firm, and if you like the genre, it’s essential. It’s just alive and kicking, that’s all. Drink: 2005-2016. 94 points. Campbell Mattinson, Winefront Monthly

The Specs

PackagingGlass Bottle