Romanesque 2015

Romanesque 2015


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A blend of late ripening spicy red varieties.

Deep red with purple hue, this wine has a sweet aroma of ripe mulberry fruit, dried citrus peel and some toffee oak. The palate has more savoury fruit, lightly spiced with some black pepper and star anise notes. There is good length of fruit with some drying tannins to finish.

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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 (Bob) 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 are now introducing Aglianico and Lagrein to the blend.


  1. Tony Peters

    2015 Grey Sands Romanesque
    Posted on May 23, 2018
    by Tony Peters
    Have you noticed how many Roman Empire constructions are still standing some 2000 years after they were built? Well apparently they have worked out why. A bloke by the name of Vitruvius (What was his mother thinking?!) wrote of “a kind of powder which from natural causes produces astonishing results”. It was more so with maritime architecture where the sea hardened a blend of volcanic ash, lime and seawater which then mixed with an aggregate of volcanic rock.
    In the article I was reading, it referred to a study by a smart lady at the University of Utah, Marie Jackson, where seawater found its way into the cracks of the construction and it dissolved some of the ash. The alkali fluid allowed the minerals to develop which strengthened it and bonded the materials. How cool is that?
    Now, I’m not saying this wine has been built using this method or to last as long as some of the Roman structures we see today. It is clearly a blend of three grape varieties that have bound together in a strong, united and unique way that will have “Friends, Romans and Countrymen…” lending their ears, eyes and tastebuds.
    A blend of Shiraz, petit verdot and touriga franca, this is not a wine your going to find in many places around Australia let alone Tasmania. A fruit forward wine with plenty of relatives from the berry family in the mix with bold blueberries holding the reins of this wine chariot. There’s a cohort in support consisting of some subtle herbs and leafy notes, savouriness and soft smooth tannins bringing up the rear as it departs the arena triumphantly.

    Region: Glengarry, Tasmania Price: $40 Source: Generous gift

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