Top 10 award-winning eco-friendly wines from the Organic Masters 2020

10. Warboys Vineyard McLaren Vale Grenache

  • Producer: Angove Family Wines
  • Region: McLaren Vale
  • Country: Australia
  • Grape variety: Grenache
  • Abv: 14.5%
  • Vintage: 2018
  • Closure: Natural cork
  • Approx. retail price: £20-30
  • Medal: Gold – Organic Wine Masters 2020

If you love Grenache – the key to the juicy red berry peppery character of the great wines of Chateauneuf-du-Pape or Priorat – then don’t forget Australia’s McLaren Vale. A beacon of Grenache quality in the New World, this tough vine loves the heat and sandy soils of this part of Australia, and thankfully, many of the historic vineyards remain – which were once used to produce grapes for fortified wine. Among the superb Grenache examples from this part of the world is this one from a top name in organics – Angove Family Vineyards – which hails from a 60 year old vineyard called Warboys. Loaded with ripe red cherry and strawberry fruit, and some sweet vanilla from oak-ageing, and warming alcohol, it’s easy to love, but it has a serious side too: with a touch of grippy tannin and fresh acidity, it has a dry and bright edge, indeed, this may be super ripe with masses of ripe soft berry fruit, but it’s not a heavy wine, which is why is such a joy to drink.

3 Responses to “Top 10 award-winning eco-friendly wines from the Organic Masters 2020”

  1. Thom Fisher says:

    Why is the abv on these wines at 14.5%. Isn’t wine traditionally 11-12%. All wines now seem to have a high abv?

    • The Australian wines are grown in warm dry areas (more suitable to Organic production). 14.5% is about right for these areas. Southern Rhone wines would be similar alc. levels. The important thing is that they are balanced.

  2. Me says:

    I don’t know about the other countries, but Australia has had an obsession with higher ABV wines for as long as I can remember.

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