This rare and unusual wine is no longer made, the last vintage was 2008. Only 2 barrels were made in most vintages so it's hard to come by. It’s 100% Grenache, produced from very ripe grapes. I’ve tried this wine several times and it’s full-bodied, high alcohol and slightly sweet. Perfect with hard cheese.
As such small quantities of this wine were made they haven't been widely reviewed.
Tasting Note from Noon: “The 1999 Solaire offers up sweet blackberry and strawberry aromas along with fresh earth and cedar spice notes. It is medium-deep in colour and the palate is powerful, intense and fresh. There is a rich sweetness at first but the palate finishes dry with the flavours lingering for a long 45 seconds or more. There is good balance despite the intensity of this wine and yes, it carries the alcohol without a problem. This is an exciting wine to drink and is maturing slowly.”
Drew, - I went through my wine fridge where I keep the good bottles, and saw the Solaire 1999. I thought that it was an ideal item to have for Father's day dinner. It was beautiful. A wine you should be very proud of. It shows no obvious oxidation, and tastes superb. I hope everything is going well in SA, it's a stressful bit in Vic, with Dan the man! I guess that I will have to keep drinking. Regards Peter Graham