Flegenheimer Paisant Red 2015
Vinous - 89
Wine Spectator - 89
Made from sublime Grenache and a touch of the most elegant Shiraz. Cuttings were taken from a very old Grenache vineyard in McLaren Vale, South Australia, known for producing a delicate, perfumed expression of the varietal. When ready, the cuttings were planted as bush vines on the western slope of Hammerschlag’s property. This portion of the vineyard has the hardest soil and is quite windy. In short, it is the toughest spot on the property which is exactly where Grenache should be. The varietals were harvested, made and aged separately. The wine did spent a few months in neutral barrels but was largely matured in stainless steel tanks to preserve its elegant perfume and aromatic character. After 12 months, the wine was blended and bottled with only a very light filtration.
Medium garnet-purple colored Flegenheimer Paisant Red is packed with kirsch, raspberry coulis and red currant jelly aromas plus a pleasant peppery undercurrent. It fills the mouth with peppered red berry preserves notes and silky tannins with just enough freshness rounding off the long finish with a lively lift.