Grove Estate Hilltops Zinfandel 2013 - Special Cellar Release
California pretty well owns the zinfandel grape, despite its European origins, where it thrives under various names. The Italians call it Primitivo, while Croatian vignerons know it as Crljenak, Kastelanski and Tribidrag. The variety generally makes opaque, blockbuster reds. But Grove’s wine, made by Richard Parker at Long Rail Gully, Canberra, starts at least with medium colour and deep, earthy-savoury fruit flavours. However, there’s no taming the beast, and after the first sip or two, the variety’s powerful tannins wash through the palate. It’s a distinctive wine and its strong tannins demand the company of savoury or high-protein food like rare steak.