2021 Planta Circa
Ancestor Vine
Grenache

$80.00

Minimum order of 6 bottles.
RRP $80 – Limited production.
Bright crimson colour leads to red fruited aromas of raspberry and strawberry, this is complexed by earth, sweet spice and pepper. Palate is medium bodied lively and fleshy with medium tannins maintaining a degree elegance. Persistence of sweet red berry flavours combined with a soft finish gives a wine that you can enjoy now or over the next 15 years.

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Vineyards:
Zerk Vineyard, Lyndoch.
Circa 1880 PF Zimmerman planted Grenache vines on his family property ‘Woodlands’ situated on the outskirts of Lyndoch. The site is around 250m above sea level with a Southerly aspect. Soil consists of deep sand over clay. The vines are own-rooted, 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:
Around 30% whole clusters were tipped into open fermenters with the balance crushed on top, header boards were placed on day 2 of ferment. Temperatures were allowed to reach 32C with pump overs performed 1-2 times daily. After 10 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 early February with no fining or filtration prior to bottling.

Tasting Notes:
Bright crimson colour leads to red fruited aromas of raspberry and strawberry, this is complexed by earth, sweet spice and pepper. Palate is medium bodied lively and fleshy with medium tannins maintaining a degree elegance. Persistence of sweet red berry flavours combined with a soft finish gives a wine that you can enjoy now or over the next 15 years.

Cellaring:
Drink now or over the next 15 years

Current Vintage Accolades

2021 Vintage
Andrew Caillard MW – 98 points
Wine Showcase Magazine – 96 points
Angus Hughson (Vinous) – 96 points
2022 Barossa Wine Show – Gold Medal
2022 Adelaide Wine Show – Bronze Medal
Mike Bennie (WBM Magazine) – 95 points
QWine Reviews – 95 points
Gary Walsh (Wine Front) – 94 points
Regand Drew (Wine Pilot) – 94 points

Previous Vintage Accolades

2020 Vintage
Did not make

2019 Vintage
2021 Adelaide Wine Show – Gold medal, Trophy Best Grenache, Governors Trophy Best South Australian Red Wine
2021 Barossa Wine Show – Gold Medal
Angus Hughson – 96 points
Andrew Caillard – 95 points
Wine Showcase Magazine – 95 points

2018 Vintage
Ned Goodwin MW – 96 points
Gary Walsh (Winefront) – 95 points
2019 Barossa Wine Show – Gold Medal
Wine Showcase Magazine – 95 points
Regan Drew – 94 points
James Halliday – 92 points

Reviews

Circa 1880 plantings. Ripe raspberry, cherry, musk and plenty of biscuit spices. It’s intense with sweet and concentrated small berry flavour, plenty of spice, firm and fine chalky tannin, a loamy earthy thing, fresh raspberry acidity, and stony/spicy brandy snap finish of excellent length and grip. Very juicy and elemental as at now, bold and warm, though it really pops with flavour and vigour. It’s a whole lotta Grenache, but very good. Gary Walsh 94 points

This Grenache from Purple Hands is a sheer delight to drink. Coming from Ancestor Vines planted in 1880, resistance is futile.
From a Lyndoch vineyard in the southern Barossa comes this graceful and silky masterpiece. The joyous melody of raspberries and blueberries is irresistible. Licorice and rubs of earth chime in. Clay soils have their impact producing super fine tannins. Fine exotic spices sizzle with baking spice highlights. Long and moreish, I couldn’t help but keep going back for more. It’s presence shows the ability to age but I’m more than happy to embrace the freshness now. A brilliant Grenache! QWine Reviews