Schwarz Wine Co. Meta Grenache Blanc 2023
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The Meta Grenache Blanc comes from Jason's family’s block in Bethany, Barossa Valley. Grown by Mark Schwarz and Pauline Schwarz, this beautifully refreshing Grenache Blanc shows subtle aromas of yellow pear, apricot & white peach. The front pallet is tight and minerally, gradually opening to honeysuckle, white nectarine, and blood orange flavours. Only the second release and one of very few Grenache Blanc wines in Australia - 12 producers by the latest count on Vinodiversity.
Grape Variety: Grenache Blanc
Region: Barossa Valley
Sub-region: Bethany. Thiele Road
Hand-picked, 10 hours on skins, wild ferment. Grenache Blanc is the lighter-skinned cousin of the well-known Grenache grape; It is not a white wine made from the red grape. It's a popular grape in Southern France and Spain, but you'll also find it in California and South Africa. Genetically, it's almost identical to Grenache, except for a small change that makes the grapes look slightly paler. Another version of the grape, called Grenache Gris, has a greyish-pink skin.
94 points, Andrew Caillard MW, The Vintage Journal Summer Wine Guide 2023
"Hasn't Grenache Blanc seen a meteoric rise in the Barossa of late? A few years ago it was barely around, now there are several producers throwing it about with more plantings to come. This release from Schwarz Wine Co is tops. I love the mouthfeel and textural presence.
It kicks off with great energy from citrus flowers and marigold flowers skipping from the glass. Honeyed tones, golden apple and poached pear elevate the pleasure factor with hints of quartz and almond meal. A wine with fabulous acid and structure, I keep thinking I need a plate of Kingfish by my side. The length drives on effortlessly with a fine tickle of what seems to be ginger spice as the parting gift. Clever, considered, delicious."