2017 Patritti ‘Section 181’ McLaren Vale Grenache
Giovanni Patritti left his Italian home in 1925 and boarded a boat, which he thought was destined for America. Instead he landed in Port Adelaide, with no English. Just one year later he was leasing vineyards to make wine for the ‘new Australians’. Nearly 100 years later the family (3rd generation) still own, operate and make the wines. This was rated 97/100, by James Halliday and he wrote 'hand picked, crushed, open or closed fermentation, matured for 11 months in large format French oak. A glorious display of reds fruits of all kinds dances on the palate. It's no wimp - there are plenty of tannins and acidity to keep the attention, and better still, there are no armpits to avoid. Special value."