Romanesque 2013

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Romanesque 2013


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This wine is a blend of Aglianico, Petit verdot and Touriga francesa.

Mid-red in colour with garnet hue. The nose has a musky cherry aroma. The palate is fresh and savoury, with light, drying tannins, making it a fine accompaniment to antipasto.

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The Story of Romanesque

Romanesque is a style of architecture and art that appeared during the ‘Dark Ages’ of Europe, following the fall of the Roman Empire. Although solid and balanced, the style is an attempt to copy (clumsily or otherwise) the great achievements of Rome.

Yes, I am the barbarian trying to emulate the fine, stylish wines of northern Italy!

Our “Romanesque” is a blend of late red varieties in the style of the aromatic red wines of the Italian Alps. Medium bodied, high acid and tannins with a tight aromatic finish.

The blend began in 2005 with Shiraz, Petit Verdot and Touriga Francesca but we have now introduced Aglianico to the blend. This is a blend that we can only make in certain years as the varieties are all ‘late ripening’ so they often don’t reach the required ripeness before we get a frost which causes leaf fall which stops further ripening.


  1. Tony Peters

    The aromas are what mesmerises you at first. Give this wine plenty of air and you’ll get a lovely hit of red fruits and white pepper which segues so easily onto the palate. Here you are delivered even more with lush spicy cherry flavours.
    The tannins are a little dry but the fruit was a big help with those and when we had it with a (partly) charcuterie spread (not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon I must say) it came into its own.
    Julius Ceasar is quoted as saying, “It is better to create than to learn! Creating is the essence of life”.
    Bob and Rita have created a lovely wine right here so, grab your Roman beaker, or your nearest wine glass, whichever you have handy and drink.

  2. Patrick Eckel 3.4.16

    2013 Grey Sands Romanesque
    This wine certainly is different, the Romanesque is a blend of Aglianico, Petit Verdot and Touring Francesa, with all varieties generally uncommon in Australian vineyards. A bright and youthful red hue in the colour, cherry with background notes of deli meats.
    Vibrant, bright and juicy palate with tantalising acidity that works alongside red cherry fruit. The tannins are fine but mouth puckeringly dry, which affords a great contrast between piquant and pure red fruits. Will be an interesting future ahead for this wine when secondary complexity starts to come into play, has the potential to last for a long time.
    When to Drink
    Optimal Drinking
    2016 – 2030
    Date Reviewed
    03 31, 2016

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