Silverdale, WA 14.8% alc. (Purchased on 12/17/14)
Aromas: Smoke, green olive and raspberry (the raspberry should be more pronounced, in my opinion)
Flavors: “Sweet” fruit and oak with more raspberry (see comment above about raspberry…ditto); earth and white pepper too
Texture: Medium tannins and a bit of heat from the slightly elevated alcohol
Finish: Medium length finish with more heat and very slight bitterness.
Note: Had to use a serrated knife to cut around the Stelvin closure (screwtop) in order to open this bottle. I really dislike that! These proprietary names on Australian wines kill me. This wine does not “wreak havoc”!
Afterthought: This Grenache is much, much better with food…even the Chinese sausage fried rice that I had it with (perhaps the salt in the soy sauce contributed, as salt will soften the tannins and often bring out the fruit in any red wine). I could actually taste the raspberry flavors with the food.