All God's Goodness Compressed
The Harem 'Layla' Barossa Valley Grenache Mataro Shiraz 2009
Region: Barossa Valley, SA
In the Barossa Valley shiraz wanders around 'big noting' itself with its tall manly manner but those in the know will find a more supple, subtle, beguiling and amusing friend if they hang around blends made with the three varieties of grenache, mataro and shiraz.
The Harem range is about the celebration of grenache and mataro.
Perhaps the greatest of Australia's wine writers is Philip White who was for a long time the wine writer for the Advertiser in SA. I have taken the liberty of using an old wine description of his about another Barossa red to illustrate what we see in Layla:
ďThe brers ...gave their name and grapes to this exquisite tincture from the north Barossa. The Ebenezer Lutherans should serve it at communion. Vivacious, juicy, neat and clean, itís all Godís goodness compressed, sanctified and preserved by [winemaker], who could fill a church of his own. Barossa .....at its heavenly cutest.Ē
A great wine which will give you outstanding pleasure.