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2020 Smallfry ‘Electrik Violet’ Barossa Valley

Juicy and dark, but floral and bright at the same time, this is red wine built for drinking not sipping.

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Juicy and dark, but floral and bright at the same time, this is red wine built for drinking not sipping.

Tasting note

Bright and lifted nose of blueberry, black cherries, damson plums and blue floral notes, this is just so pulpy, open and vibrant. The grenache kicks in more of its classic flavours on the palate, with wild raspberry notes poking out through the darker fruits, while there’s a furry, grape skin texture to the gentle tannins, with a salted bitter chocolate finish. There’s plenty of fruit flavour and brightness here, but it’s light on its feet and vibrant. This can take a little chill, not so it’s cold, but to taking the edges off with 30 minutes in the fridge makes this very hard to put down.

Themes of this wine

Cinsault

Having been grown in Australia since pioneering days, cinsault has typically been swallowed by blends. However, its ability to shrug off hot and dry conditions and still make elegant wines with plenty of acidity is seeing its star rise in warmer zones like the Barossa Valley.

Grenache

The great grape of the Southern Rhône, grenache, has also found many homes around the world, from Spain, to Italy, to California, while Australia is home to the world’s oldest productive grenache vines, planted in 1948. Today, a renaissance is seeing the grape championed, with makers in McLaren Vale arguably turning out the most compelling examples.

Barossa Valley

The Barossa is arguably Australia’s most revered wine region. It dwarfs other fine wine regions for scale, while firmly maintaining a quality profile, with its distinctive style and character recognised worldwide. It is dripping in history, has far and away the largest resource of old and ancient vines in the country, and fifth- and sixth-generation growers and makers proliferate. It is fair to call it the cornerstone of Australian wine. It is the home of powerful red wines, established names making established styles, but there are also makers finding new meaning in the territory. The Barossa has been fertile ground for YGOW finalists, producing four Young Guns, Matt Gant (First Drop, 2007), Pete Schell (Spinifex, 2008), Abel Gibson (Ruggabellus, 2012) and Fraser McKinley (Sami-Odi, 2014).

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