V I N T A G E
A dry season from the get-go. Winter rain was a bit below average and spring rain was virtually non-existent. Some warmth through to Christmas and into the new year.
The saving grace for the vintage came in late January with falls totalling 40mm over a 12 day period, leading into the start of harvest. They proved invaluable in freshening and balancing the fruit flavours.
S T Y L E
A newcomer to the line-up. From a selection of our Grenache blocks ranging in age from 75 to 100 years old. The back label tells of Martin Luther’s founding of the Lutheran church which of course eventually gave rise to our beloved Barossa. Lovely garnet hue but with some crimson brightness there as well. The nose shows some quiet spice and musk at this stage, with a gentle calm aromatic sweetness rather than strident coconut ice/lollipop Grenache. Some spicy herb and garrigue on the initial tasting but leading into a plush, sweet structure with mid palate weight and smoothness. Will richen and develop more highly perfumed and complex flavours with time.
V I N I F I C A T I O N
Old Vine Grenache was handpicked and split between de-stemmed fruit (85%) and whole bunch (15%). The wine was fermented on skins for 10 days between 16° and 24°C. The wine was pressed off into a mix of French & American oak, including a 45hl vat & 12% was held inox (in tank). The oaked portion remained maturing for between 20 and 30 months. The wine was then settled, without any finings at all, and bottled in September 2018
T E C H N I C A L
TA: 5.4 g/L