A Sense of Place is something that many winemakers talk about but it’s a tricky concept to get across to anyone who has not visited the region or who knows the people involved. In many ways, the “new world” Sense of Place echoes the old world notion of Terroir where the effects of soil, site, aspect, climate and tradition
all come to bear on the eventual character and quality of the wine – lending it a unique personality. On a beautiful hillside in the Clarendon sub-region of McLaren Vale, three generations of the Smart family have devoted their lives to Grenache. Decades have passed where precious few valued their crop and yet they endured. That this remarkable vineyard has survived, is all due to Bernard Smart, and this wine pays homage to this charming man.
From a near perfect vintage for the site, this wine displays muscular yet elegant silky black fruits couple with deep, rich, warming spices, hints of violet, mineral and black cherry. Depth, persistence, focus – it’s all here, in spades!
97 pts James Suckling
(2018 – 95 pts Decanter, 94 pts James Suckling, 92 pts Wine Advocate)