In cricket, the game, ‘All-Rounder’ means the flexible and reliable player showing skill in all positions who can fill any gap in the team. It is said the ‘all-rounders’ are the most valuable players. For DogRidge the grape Grenache is the ‘all-rounder’ as in McLaren Vale from this grape variety many styles of wines can be produced: from dry roses, both easy-to-drink and rich reds, up to sweet fortified. Let’s have a closer look at All-Rounder Grenache 2012, an extraordinary wine that has been made in DogRidge for many years.
It is a lively, dark red coloured wine. One sniff over the glass and your sense of smell will be enchanted: the wine smells of blueberries, black cherries, red and black currants, blackberries and red raisins with some spices as the secondary aromas.
In the mouth All-Rounder Grenache 2012 is dry, full and well-balanced. The acidity is quite high but nicely hidden under the fruit. Although there is 15% vol on the label, on the palate the alcohol is not pronounced – a very good winemaker’s job!
The wine tastes of red currant, black cherry, blackberry and some nice spices. The finish is quite long with nice black cherry flavours and some ripe tannins.
DogRidge All-Rounder Grenache 2012 – wine review:
Wine – All-Rounder Grenache
Country – Australia
Region – McLaren Vale
Appellation – McLaren Vale – McLaren Flat
Vintage – 2012
Grape varieties – Grenache
Producer – DogRidge
Winemaker – D. Wright, F. Howard
Vineyards – McLaren Flat
Style and type – still; dry red
Alcohol – 15%
Serving temperature – 18°C
Cellaring – yes
Price range – 25$
Tasting date – March 2015 in Australia, McLaren Vale