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 4th and 6th March 2018.
Around 25% 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 yeast. Temperatures were allowed to reach 30C with pump overs performed 2 times daily reducing to nil later in ferment. After 11 and 12 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 January 2020 and underwent a coarse filtration prior to bottling.
: Bright crimson colour leads to aromas of strawberry, spice, earth, bergamot with stem hints from the whole clusters. Palate is mid weight with generous and fleshy mouthfeel, typical gravelly tannins add balance to the texture.
Drink now or cellar carefully and enjoy over the next 5 years.
Alc/vol 14.2% TA 5.47g/l pH 3.50 RS 3.15 g/l VA 0.64 g/l