Australian Grenache can be ultra ripe, extracted and almost sappy often reaching over 15% abv from the country’s warmest growing regions. While that impressive richness will certainly please some palates, this style is not as versatile at the dinner table as a wine showing a bit more restraint. Enter the 2016 Alpha Box & Dice Tarot, 100% whole bunch fermened Grenache made from a resurrected vineyard in McLaren Vale. Pale ruby and packed with juicy raspberry fruit, which practically bounces across the tongue, it’s a modern, sassy and far from industrial example of the varietal. At 13.5% with soft tannins, subtle spices and a very pretty perfume, Tarot has an almost Pinot-like lightness that will benefit from a quick 10 minute chill before serving.