2019 Rusden Driftsand Barossa Valley, Australia
Wine like so many others things is driven by fashion. In the 1970s all the big producers pulled out old Grenache vines because they weren`t seen as a quality option and often planted Cabernet instead. A few decades later it is understood that old Grenache plants can produce wonderfully complex and dense wines so some old vine material has been grafted back.
From low yields in a warm, dry vintage, this year’s release of Driftsand is a charm. Full spectrum of aromatics with red fruits, some florals and underlying spice, most notably anise. Soft, juicy palate shows the concentration of a warm vintage with red currants, hints of cherry and a spice laden finish. Silk like texture, soft, subtle, and so damn drinkable.