On the pour: Grus
Author: Sophie Thorpe
2015 Viñedos Alcohuaz, Grus, Valle de Elqui, Chile
What is it? Yes, it does sound a little like a Guardians of the Galaxy character, but it is much, much tastier than any Groot-based bottle might be. Viñedos Alcohuaz’s Grus is a Syrah-based blend (with Garnacha, Petite Syrah and Petit Verdot) from Chile – and yes, Chile might be better known for its “value” sub-£10 offerings, but this is well worth the extra few pounds (especially while it’s discounted in our Summer Sale).
Why’s it different? Grown organically and biodynamically in some extraordinary vineyards that sit between 1,700 and 2,200 metres above sea-level, this is wine that pushes the winemaking limits. This is the right end of “natural” low-intervention winemaking, producing deliciously terroir-expressive wine. Bright cherry and berry fruit mingles on the nose with a distinct earthy minerality, while the palate is long and silken with an almost tarry edge to it.
What should I eat with it? Crack out the barbecue, grill some meat, or try some aubergines roasted over an open flame (possibly even a spot of baba ganoush), and tuck in.
How much? £1 for a taste, £15.37 for a bottle (while stocks last)
Drop into our London Shop at 63 Pall Mall to taste it for yourself.