2018 Old Vine Barossa Valley Grenache

$30.00

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.

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Description

Vineyard:
Zerk Vineyard, Lyndoch Planted 1961

Viticulture:
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.

Winemaking:
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.

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

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

Current Vintage Accolades

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

Previous Vintage Accolades

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

The wine was produced from old bush vines with 35% whole bunch included in the ferment before being aged in older oak on its lees for 9 months.

A light red with some purple hues in colour. On the nose you are met with red cherry, a touch of rhubarb and spice; the wine has wonderful balance with a gossamer thread of tannin taking on an earth and mocha aspect with svelte red berry fruits enjoying a subtle build in texture that frames the long fruit focused finish.
Pinot of the Barossa, and incredible value. – Patrick Eckel 95 Points

Raspberry, baking spices, dried herbs, aniseed. Medium bodied, raspberry and spice, firm graphite tannin, clean acidity, lithe yet powerful, finish is long, dry and firm in tannin. Serious business here. Impressive. – Gary Walsh 94 Points

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