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2020 Barossa Valley
Grenache

$30.00

Bright crimson colour leads to aromas of raspberry, savory spice and sandalwood with stem hints from the whole clusters adding aromatic complexity. Palate is mid weight with a very textural mouthfeel, fine tannins add balance to the mouthfeel, natural acidity gives wonderful length to the wine.

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Description

Vineyard:
Zerk Vineyards, Lyndoch, Barossa Valley. Planted 1961 & Circa 1890
Annandale Vineyard, Williamstown, Barossa Valley. Planted 1971

Viticulture:
The 1961 site is around 250m above sea level with a northerly aspect, the soil consists of deep red clay with bands of ironstone and shale. The vineyard is own rooted, clone is unknown. The 1890 site is around 260m above sea level with a Southerly aspect, the soil consists of deep sand over clay, the vines are own rooted, clone is unknown. The mid rows are cultivated to winter active fescue. Minimal irrigation is used in very dry years. The Annandale site which sits on the very southern end of the Barossa is around 310m above sea level, the soil consists of slate sandy loam and creek stones.

Winemaking:
The Zerk Grenache was hand-picked on the 28th February and 2nd March 2020 with the Annandale 20th March. Around 25-30% whole clusters were tipped into open fermenters with the balance crushed on top, header boards were placed on day 2 of ferment.

Ferment was the result of indigenous and cultured yeast. Temperatures were allowed to reach 30C with pump overs performed 2 times daily reducing to nil later in ferment. After 8 and 9 days on skins the fruit was basket pressed and transferred into older puncheons to undergo malo-lactic fermentation. Post malo the wine was then left 3 weeks before SO2 was added in place, the wine was left on lees and topped regularly. The wine racked late January 2020 and underwent a coarse filtration prior to bottling

Tasting Notes:
Bright crimson colour leads to aromas of raspberry, savory spice and sandalwood with stem hints from the whole clusters adding aromatic complexity. Palate is mid weight with a very textural mouthfeel, fine tannins add balance to the mouthfeel, natural acidity gives wonderful length to the wine.

Cellaring:
Drink now or cellar carefully and enjoy over the next 8 years.

Analysis:
Alc/vol 14.1%, TA 5.30g/l, pH 3.56, RS 3.0 g/l, VA 0.65 g/l

Current Vintage Accolades

Patrick Eckel – 95 points
Wine Showcase Magazine – 94 points
Angus Hughson – 93 Points
Gary Walsh – 93 points
Ken Gargett – 92 Points

Previous Vintage Accolades

2019 Vintage
James Halliday Top 100 Wines 2020 (Reds under $30)
Patrick Eckel – 95 points
Winestate Magazine – 4.5 Stars
Wine Showcase Magazine – 94 Points
Gary Walsh – 92 Points
Bronze Medal 2020 Winewise Small Vigneron Awards

2018 Vintage
2019 Adelaide Wine Show – Tilbrook Rasheed Trophy for Best Grenache or Grenache Blend + Gold Medal
2019 Australian Small Winemakers Wine Show – Trophy Stewards Choice
2019 Barossa Wine Show – Gold Medal
2019 Australian Small Winemakers Wine Show – Gold Medal
Patrick Eckel – 95 Points
Wine Showcase Magazine – 95 Points
Gary Walsh – 94 Points

2017 Vintage
2018 Barossa Wine Show – Silver Medal
2018 Adelaide Wine Show – Bronze Medal
Winestate Magazine – 4 Stars (top of category) included in Winestate 2018 Annual Wines of the Year issue
Wine Showcase Magazine – 96 Points
Patrick Eckel – 93 Points
Campbell Mattinson (Wine Front) – 93 Points
James Halliday Wine Companion – 95 Points

2016 Vintage
Campbell Mattinson – 94 Points
Wine Showcase Magazine – 94 Points
James Halliday – 95 Points
Adelaide Wine Show – Silver Medal

2015 Vintage
James Halliday  – 93 Points

2014 Vintage
Wine Showcase Magazine – 94 Points
James Halliday – 95 Points

2013 Vintage
James Halliday – 96 Points

2012 Vintage
James Halliday – 96 Points + Top 20 reds over $20

2011 Vintage
James Halliday – 91 Points

2010 Vintage
James Halliday – 93 Points

2009 Vintage
James Halliday – 94 Points
2018 Barossa Wine Show – Gold Medal and Trophy

Reviews

Sourced from a range of vineyards from across the Barossa, including the Zerk Vineyards at Lyndoch, which were planted in 1890 and also 1961. The section from 1961 is around 250m above sea level, a northerly aspect and soil consisting of deep red clay with bands of ironstone and shale. It is on its own rootstocks. The 1890 section is around 260m above sea level, a Southerly aspect, and soil consisting of deep sand over clay. Again, on own rootstocks. The remainder is from the Annandale Vineyard at Williamstown, at the south end of the Valley, planted in 1971. It sits around 310m above sea level and the soil consists of slate sandy loam and creek stones. 25-30% whole clusters were added to the open fermenters, the remainder of the grapes crushed on top, with header boards placed on top on the second day of the ferment. Both indigenous and cultured yeasts featured. Pump overs performed twice daily, but not at all in the latter stages of the ferment, before being transferred to old puncheons.
Attractive pale reds. This is fresh and spicy with hints to suggest it will become more savoury in time. Warm earth, barbecue meats, red cherries. A hint of cinnamon. Palate is supple and seamless. There are fine, but slightly gritty tannins and a flick of acidity underneath. Very good length. Anyone looking for a mid-weight, fresh red with elegance and length, which represents cracking value could not go past this wine. 92 pts Ken Gargett

This is a style of Grenache I really enjoy, it treads the tightrope between a pretty wine, and one that has structure and potential to evolve over time. The subtle nuances are no doubt due to wild ferment, time on skins and a good proportion of whole bunch. A medium red in colour with floral red cherry, cool savoury spice and bramble. A pretty wine, yet serious with texture and balance, red cherry is bright with wild strawberry and a build of superfine tannins that have a faint cocoa edge, fruit is at the core, generous and pure with earthen notes to finish. 95 pts Patrick Eckel

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