2021 Barossa Valley
Grenache

$30.00

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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Description

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

Winemaking:
The Zerk Grenache was hand-picked on the 24th February with the Annandale picked 30th March. Around 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 9 and 11 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 then left on lees and topped regularly. The wine was racked and blended late November 2021 and underwent filtration prior to bottling.

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

Analysis:
Alc/vol 14.4% TA 5.60g/l pH 3.49 G/F 1.3 g/l , VA 0.59 g/l

Current Vintage Accolades

2021 Vintage
Angus Hughson (Wine Pilot) – 94 points

Previous Vintage Accolades

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

Reviews

I just fell in love with this deeply coloured and flavoured version of Barossa Grenache which is a bit of a bruiser in style but still delivers plenty of genuine complexity. A deep ruby colour is immediately followed by waves of generous ripe fruits. Sweet blackberry, licorice and liqueur cherry are offset by surprisingly subtle savoury, herbal stalky notes – that gentle stalkiness is the key to this wine. The palate is then full flavoured and hedonistic, packed full of blue fruits with well managed tannins helping to keep its shape before a very long and strong finish. It’s a big Greanche with huge appeal for all fans of the Barossa. Angus Hughson 94 points

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