Single Vineyard : Zerk Family Vineyard, Altitude 234m Shallow red brown loam over hard clay interspersed with ironstone.
Hand picked 25% whole clusters added to concrete open fermenter with the balance crushed on top. After fermentation commenced heading boards were placed on top. Fermentation temperatures were allowed to peak at 32C before cooling to 24C for the balance. After 11 days on skins the wine was basket pressed to older 500 lt French oak barrels. The wine was matured on lees in oak for 16 months before bottle. No finings used.
Red with purple hues. Aromas of strawberry, kirsh, earth, with hints of bergamot. Great flesh with textural long tannin.
Drink now or cellar carefully and enjoy over the next 8 years.
Alcohol 14.2%, pH 3.54, TA 5.3g/L, VA 0.68g/L, F/TSO2 32/82, R/S 2.2g/l
Current Vintage Accolades
James Halliday – 96 points
Campbell Mattinson – 95 points
Patrick Eckel – 94 points
Wine Showcase Magazine – 94 points
Ray Jordan – 93 Points
2018 Barossa Wine Show – Silver Medal
“This is from the guys at Purple Hands. It’s a Grenache sourced from a single vineyard in Lyndoch within the Barossa. Beautifully elegant and stylish with lower alcohol (14%) allowing the beautiful perfumed aromatics to emerge on the nose. Has a lovely subtle textured palate with a smooth seamless finish. A most polished wine. Cellar 8 years.” – Ray Jordan 93 Points
“A pretty, floral nose with red cherry and rose petals alongside a dusting of spice. An elegant, medium bodied wine that is feminine in nature with a delicate array of spices that is contrasted by ripe, but finely filamented red cherry fruits. The length to finish is impressive with a slight tartness to the fleshy fruits. Drinking well now, but will develop even more complexity over the shorter term. Optimal Drinking : 2018 – 2027.” – Patrick Eckel 94 Points
“Single vineyard Grenache from the Barossa. Whole bunches, basket pressing, 500l oak, bottled unfined. Crackerjack Grenache. Brimful of both power and personality but without being overdone. Florals, blueberries, redcurrant and bitumen. A flash of sweet raspberry but blink-and-you-miss-it. Tannin flings wide through the wine. A beauty. Drink : 2018 – 2028+.” – Campbell Mattison 95 Points
Velvety smooth, brilliantly perfumed and fruited, structured just so, and totally convincing to close. These After Five Wines have arrived on the marketplace in emphatic fashion. This wine adds yet more revs to the modern day grenache revolution. Drink by 2028” – James Halliday 2018 96 Points