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18th April 2010

Bethany, Old Vines Grenache 2005, Australia
This wine is made from Grenache that is some of the oldest in the Barossa Valley, in fact the vines are between 50 and 120 years old. This is the 2005 vintage, which with five years under its belt is in a lovely state of maturity, with very soft, strawberry and raspberry fruit slicked with a mellow edge of vanilla and a hint of chocolate. On the palate this wine is all about that yielding softeness, the tannins (and there is a good structure here) are rich and fine and the acidity moderate, making it a delicious wine for both heartier dishes and for roast chicken or turkey. The 2006 vintage may be on some shelves, but it is a very similar wines and also worth buying. Around £8.99 in some Morrisons and the Co-operative, and in independents: see all stockists on

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