$150 direct from winery. This is the second vintage of the Les Amis. Single vineyard, freakin’ old vines, a wine conceived by Dave Powell for his Singaporean friends, and especially Ignatius Chan when Justin Quek had not long established the Les Amis restuarant in Singapore. Everyone I’ve just mentioned has since moved on to different ventures. The vineyard is situated in Greenock Creek, planted in 1901, cropped to yields of 12hl/ha. Aged in 18 months new French barriques.
This has aged superbly. You will not feel any heat of the indicated 15.5% alc, so don’t be fearful of falling for any of that big bold Barossa rubbish. The acidity has held firm, this wine still drinks very fresh. Of course, it is fully developed, the tannins have shuffled to the background, the fruit is mellowing out. The blackcurrant and raspberry fruit is holding out, earthy and peppery. Full-bodied, pure, sleek and refined. Sustains a long finish. This is precisely why you age wines. 98.
It will be interesting to do a direct comparison of aged Australian grenache vs Chateauneuf du Pape.. an expensive exercise of curiosity for my next payday.