Trophy Winner, James Halliday Grenache Challenge 2020.
James Suckling 97 points.
“From a single parcel of vines, planted in 1853 in Springton in the Eden Valley, this has a strikingly complex and fragrant nose with pepper, wild sage, gunflint, rose petals, pastry and orange peel, as well as redcurrants, raspberries, blueberries and red cherries.
The palate has such fine, silky and elegant tannins that draw very long and chiseled. Raspberry and red-cherry flavors are cradled long, fresh and fine. Elegance and power. Superb grenache. Drink or hold. Screw cap.” JS.
74-162 Years old vines
92% Grenache/ 8% Mataro
300 Cases Only
Luckily, we have access to very small parcels of fruit from old, dry-grown, hand-
pruned/picked vineyards. I decided that making a Grenache the way Barossan
families made table wines many generations ago would honour the years of back-
breaking work required for keeping the vineyards feasible and sustainable. Green
harvested before veraison by 50% and shoot thinned to ensure ultimate quality of the
grapes at time of harvest. Split hand-picked at 14% and 15% potential alcohol over a
week. 15% whole-bunch, no crushing or temperature control, natural yeasts, hand
plunged and foot trodden twice daily for 3 weeks. Racked once during elevage of 12
months in 20 year old foudre (2250L) and a small addition of old vine Mataro for
balance. Bottled unfined and unfiltered under stelvin capsule.