Review by Dan Trcka of Grape Selections
Rennie Estate Winery G Assemblage 2012
The 2012 Rennie Estate Winery G Assemblage, crafted by Malivoire’s Shiraz Mottiar from the Bordeaux varietals Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot that were dried in accordance to the Appassimento style before fermentation, after which it was then barrel aged for 18 months prior to bottling. This young wine has a succulent bouquet composed of oak, vanillin, pencil lead, black cherry and blackberry on the nose and vanilla, black cherry and blackberry on the palate. It is a dense/full bodied, extra-dry, fruity wine, BALANCED with good acidity, grippy tannins and a long and smooth finish. Enjoy this wine with a like-minded companion on-its-own, as it would be a waste to detract from it with food; though excellent now, this wine has a cellaring potential due to its full body and abundant tannins leading to a slow and gradual acquirement of tertiary aromas (evolution potential +2) – best 2017/18 to 2025+ (cork enclosure). My impression: BEAUTIFUL to DIVINE, 93+ (Ep+2) pts – recommended for its quality and value – this beauty can compete with similarly priced Italian Amarones, despite being made with completely different varietals that make its tannic structure easily distinguishable.
RECOMMENDED Score 92-93 (Ep+2) pts. $55.00 Rennie Estate Winery