Saturday, July 13, 2013

Grey Sands 2012 The Mattock

The wines Bob and Rita Richter produce at Grey Sands in the Tamar Valley are usually designed for the long haul. This is a deviation from that policy – a blend of merlot, malbec and cabernet franc aiming at being approachable (with less tannins) when young. Evidence that Bordeaux varieties can succeed in the warmer vineyards of Tasmania; this is restrained and fragrant, impeccably poised but extremely slurpable. It's a medium-bodied red, impeccably judged with well-integrated savoury oak, blueberry notes and a gentle mouthfeel. $30.

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