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Agathist Alchemy First Wine Grenache 2016

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For the Torbreck enthusiast, for those that love Izway, for the collector of Barossa wines, for those seeking something before it runs away from you, here’s the solo project from Craig Isbel. First time look for me. The focus is on grenache for now. From a one hectare vineyard that varies in aspect and soil type through it, so all the separate parcels are more or less kept unique, then fermented naturally, let take their own course. Mick Radford’s vineyard in Seppeltsfield is the home base.
Spicy and fragrant, red berry fruitiness, cranberry jam and a lolly bag-fairy floss scented. Spot on grenache vibes in the bouquet. Juicy, bright, dollops of cherry jam meshed to a seam of black earth/ashy tannins. Has a loose knit feel yet a freshness. Hands off winemaking mainlined. Kinda wild, kinda real good. - Mike Bennie

Rated : 92 Points
Tasted : JUL17
Alcohol : 14%
Price: $32
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2025

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Craig and Jason started their wine journey together as two mates with the same idea - handmade Barossa Shiraz. They produced this idea under the Izway label and have been doing successfully for over a decade now. The Izway style is rich, muscular, concentrated, Barossa wines that much of Australia has come to love.

The Agathist label from these winemaking gurus is quite the contrary. Restrained, pretty and fine expressions of Grenache. Manipulations are kept to a minimum and analysis of the wine during the process is never conducted. Clean, pure expressions made nature and formed by the palate, not in the lab.

We urge both lovers and haters of Barossa Valley wines to spread your wine wings and embrace these new Australian styles of warm climate wine. We all need to be drinking more of them.

Additional Information

Volume (ml)750ml
Winemaking PracticesMostly Conventional Techniques
Vineyard PracticesMostly Regular Farming Techniques
Product typeWine Red Grenache/Cannonau
RegionSouth Australia

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