2022 Barossa Valley


Vibrant crimson colour leads to aromas of raspberry, cherry and bergamot, whole clusters adding subtle herbal notes adding to the complexity. Palate is mid weight and textural with generous red berry sweet fruit, fine fruit and stem tannins add balance to the mouthfeel, crisp acidity gives a wonderful crunchy and cleansing note to the wine.

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Zerk Vineyard, Lyndoch Planted 1961

The site is around 250m above sea level with a northerly aspect. Soil consists of deep red clay with bands of ironstone and shale. The vineyard was planted in 1961 and is own rooted, the clone is unknown. The vines are goblet hand pruned to 20 buds. The mid rows are cultivated to winter active fescue. Minimal irrigation is used in very dry years.

The Grenache was hand-picked on the 17th March 2017. Around 25% whole clusters were tipped into open fermenters with the balance crushed on top. Ferment was the result of indigenous yeast. Temperatures were allowed to reach 30C with hand plunging performed 3 times daily. After 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 was racked late December 2017 and underwent a coarse filtration prior to bottling.

Tasting Notes:
Bright crimson colour leads to aromas of raspberry, cherry, earth, sweet spice with herbal hints from the whole clusters. Palate is lively and fleshy with tannins giving a crunchy texture. Excellent flavour with persistence, sweet red berry flavours combined with a soft gentle finish gives a wine that you can enjoy now or over the next 5 years.

Drink now or cellar carefully and enjoy over the next 5 years.

Alc/vol 13.55% TA 5.01g/l pH 3.60 RS 1.95 g/l , VA 0.46 g/l

Current Vintage Accolades

2022 Vintage
Silver Medal 2023 ANZ Boutique Wine Show
Gary Walsh (Wine Front) – 93 points
QWine Reviews – 93 points
Wine Showcase Magazine – 93 points
Regan Drew (Wine Pilot) – 92 points
Brendan Black (Wine Pilot) – 92 points
Bronze Medal 2023 Adelaide Wine Show

Previous Vintage Accolades

2021 Vintage
Gold Medal – 2022 ANZ Boutique Wine Show
Patrick Eckel – 96 points
Wine Showcase Magazine – 95 points
Angus Hughson (Wine Pilot) – 94 points
David Brookes (Halliday) – 94 points
Winestate Magazine – 94 points
Siver Medal – 2022 Barossa Wine Show

2020 Vintage
James Halliday Top 100 Wines 2021 (Reds under $40)
Patrick Eckel – 95 points
Wine Showcase Magazine – 94 points
Angus Hughson – 93 Points
Gary Walsh – 93 points
Ken Gargett – 92 Points

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


Zerk Vineyard, Lyndoch Planted 1961. 30% whole bunch, aged in old puncheons.
Ripe raspberry, cherry, spice, paprika and a gently herbal/stalky top note. Medium-bodied, juicy and succulent red fruits, fine emery tannin offers grip and shape, acidity is fresh, and there’s a frisky spiced strawberry and orange peel flavour on finish of brightness and good length. Lovely wine. So charming and good to drink. Gary Walsh 93 pts

Like the Mourvèdre, the Grenache unwraps first with strawberry-topping notes (which can be discerned from across the room), before the red cherry, raspberry, violets and liquorice join the party. The palate is silky, supple and juicy, with medium+ acidity creating a vivacious kick, and the dusty, chewy tannins keeping it somewhat serious, while never sacrificing approachability. It has the delicacy to be drunk by itself but also the brawn to take on spice, fat and richness. Brendan Black 92 pts