2014 No.2 grenache - Dubstyle

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Australian wine review - review by andrew graham

Dub Style is winemaker Dudley Brown’s label for wines that are a bit different to the normal Inkwell format – and this is different. Sourced from 88yr old bush vines in the Bethany district of McLaren Vale, this is fermented with 100% whole bunches and matured in old oak. Light ruby but with just a little orange, it smells wild and whole bunch spicy, leading to a palate with a huge hit of tannins and briar, dotted with the sour cherry. Long, raw and demanding slow cooked meat, this is just a bit confronting, if intriguing – a wine to challenge. Challenge is good, but this won’t be for everyone. 17.5/20, 91/100+. 14.4%, $35.

Published: 24 December 2015

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the wine front- review by gary walsh

From Dudley Brown, the King Tubby of McLaren Vale. This is Lo-Fi, and made from 88 yr old dry grown bush vines using 100% whole bunch.

Crushed spices, clean earth, liquorice, chocolate, forest berries. Medium bodied, glossy and smooth, with a distinct liquorice, almost to sarsparilla flavour, though it’s tempered by dried herb and spice, finishing with a pleasant amaro bitterness that cinches, then extends the palate. It’s a bit wild, and highly engaging. Fair to say, I love drinking it.

Rated : 94 Points
Tasted : Sep.16
Alcohol : 14.4%
Price : $35
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2016 - 2020+

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the wine front - review by Mike Bennie

Made by Dudley Brown (and I ALWAYS want to say Moore, or Do-Right) and Dr Irena Santiago-Brown, of Inkwell fame. Made with no additions from non-estate fruit. I’ve not tried many, but so far, so good! This is Shiraz and Grenache, with an echo of Lamoresca Rosso in the mix (but don’t mind me).

It’s a little funky and unfettered in a positive way, has a shake of spice and aromatic herbs, juicy blueberry and raspberry fruit, with maybe a little liquorice. Medium bodied, savoury, spicy and fleshy in flavour, with a slaty tannin feel, lovely unobtrusive acidity, and a run of grainy tannin on saline/earthy/fruit sweet finish of satisfying length. This is bang on. What a delicious, unforced wine it is, and at a keen price too. Love it.

Rated : 92 Points
Tasted : Sep.16
Alcohol : 14.3%
Price : $20
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2016 - 2019+

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The key report - review by tony keys

Soft, sexy exterior coating a rich, red fruit centre. 94 points and worth $35.

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