How old is too old for drinking Tempranillo and Grenache?

A reader asks:

I have just gotten a 2003 Glaymond Tempranillo and a 2004 Glaymond Grenache should I hurry and drink them, or are they on the edge of vinegar?

Darby Answers
I am not familiar with these particular wines, so my advice is a little general.

I don't think many Australian red wines improve much a after about 5 to 8 years in the bottle. I know there are lots of noteworthy exceptions but I doubt if these wines are going to improve markedly.

I's drink them now, but I don't think they are on the edge of vinegar and they shouldn't be for a few years yet. Glaymond is a reputable brand.

If you had more than one of each the easy answer would be to try one.

Any other Vinodiversity readers with more specific advice.

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Oct 21, 2009
Rare gems but drinhkthem soon
by: Damien Tscharke

My biggest concerns with both wines is wether or not the cork has got to them before you! The 2003 Tempranillo was a cracker and a wine we only release because it was exceptional. Although its been nearly 12 months since I last sampled I can not be certain but I would suggest you drink unless you can cellar well and are prepared to hang it out another year.

As for the 2004 Grenache it recently picked up a Gold medal (Singapore International Wine Comp.!!?)and that has been my most recent feedback so I can say it is drinking well now and probably should be enjoyed while it is still blossoming.

Note by Darby: Damian Tshcarke is the maker of these wines!

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