Grapelive: Wine of the Week

chatchat1.jpg2007 Chateau Chateau “Skulls” Grenache & Mataro (Mourvedre) Barossa Valley, Australia

(By Chris Ringland)

This sweet and smooth fruit filled wine is easy to love and has a rich palate with lots of raspberry, plum and grenadine fruit. This wine is a blend of vineyard sites and is made from a hand picked selection of barrels to create this cuvee. The Mourvedre adds a gamy essence to the ripe sweetness of the Grenache making for a balanced and interesting wine. Chris Ringland has hit a homerun with his Chateau Chateau line, and this wine is a winner for sure. This wine opens up with a clean candy like bouquet, kind of like cotton candy, Jolly Rancher and with hints of cherry liqueur leading to a palate filled with fresh berries, spice, grilled sweet meat and subtle lavender oil. The wine finishes with a mouth-filling creaminess and lingering fruit pie. This wine has not been released yet and I was not able to get pricing, but you can check with The Grateful Palate for more details and see there other wines in the Chris Ringland Chateau Chateau line up. ($TBA Est.) 92-93 Points, grapelive

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