Old Vine 2010
Luckily, we have access to very small parcels of fruit from old, dry-grown, hand-pruned/picked vineyards of up to 160 years of age. We decided early on that making a Grenache the way Barossan families made table wines many generations ago would honour the years of back-breaking work that went into keeping the vineyards feasible and sustainable — whole-bunch ferments, no crushing or temperature control, natural yeasts, hand-plunged and foot-trodden.
Volume (ml): 750ml
Alcohol Vol. (%): 14.2
Standard Drinks: 8.3
2010 HEAD ‘Old Vine’ Grenache, Single Vineyard – Greenock. Sourced from a 50 year old vineyard in Greenock. This wine was made form incredibly low yields due to a heat-wave in November of 2009 that damaged the vines in their flowering stage. Handpicked fruit was crushed and fermented using natural vineyard yeasts. A portion of the bunches was left intact during the ferment to keep the tannins soft and wine fresh and accessible. Initially, the wine was raised for 6 months in an 80 year old foudre and after malo-lactic fermentation, transferred to three old hogsheads. Deep burgundy colour; Aromas of white pepper, spice, raspberries and peanut shell. Plush, velvety entrance, building layers of raspberry/cherry kirsch liquer. Bright, freshness of acidity and stemy, chewy tannins are the hallmark of this wines lack of exposure to wood tannins. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. 100 cases produced. Drink for 10 years. 14.5% Alc.
Handpicked old vine Grenache, partial whole bunch, wild yeast, unfined and unfiltered. 100 dozen made. And it’s better than last year’s model. I tasted this over two days, and really, you have to give the wine some time to really do its thing – so whether you wait a bit or slosh it into a decanter is up to you, but please show it some respect. Right. Raspberry/cherry but none of the deadly confection, dusty spice box, rose and pot pourri fragrance emerges given time and the barest whiff of stalk lends further interest. It’s fleshy and ripe, but shows no alcohol heat, and has immaculate line through the palate with fine grained controlling tannins, slightly strict, but so pleasurable to feel. Precision and length with a touch of stalky grip on the finish seen (by me) as a positive. The shape of it, the promise of evolution (in glass and bottle), the perfect ripeness, and the fascination it holds mark this out as benchmark Grenache. It’s a wine of which you can make enquiries and discoveries, or simply drink and enjoy. Superb. Rated : 96 Points, Alcohol : 14.5%, Closure : Screwcap, Drink : 2014 - 2022+Gary Walsh – The Wine Front
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