2014 McLaren Vale The Fugazi Vineyard Grenache Taras and Amber Ochota focus on single-site grenache from McLaren Vale and syrah from Barossa. For this wine, they hand-harvest the fruit from 66-year-old vines in Blewitt Springs, allowing it a seven-day cold soak before it starts fermenting without added yeasts. They then leave the juice on the skins for 82 days before aging it in old oak barrels. In the end, they’ve captured a joyous grenache, a bright, floral red with fresh scents of roses and rosemary. The structure is more powerful than the scent might lead you to believe, sneaking up as the strawberry fruit races by, leaving a roar of tannins in its wake. Delicious now, especially if you splash it around a decanter, this wine’s structure and energy suggest it will only gain with time in bottle. —Joshua Greene
Top 100 Countdown
Leading up to our Top 100 in San Francisco, our critics are sharing some favorite wines that will be poured at the event. We’re posting a new note each day through October 10th.