From bush vines planted in 1946 high on our Estate’s deep sandy soils, our Old Vine Grenache is complex, elegant and enticing. This wine is a cornerstone of expressing our estate.
Sourced solely from vines which were planted in 1946, these old bush vines are not irrigated and are pruned to an average of 20 buds per vine and shoot thinned to the same number in Spring to ensure there is balance to the canopy with each bunch being evenly spread.
The vineyard is certified Biodynamic (certification # 11587) with Australian Certified Organic. We have quite a practical approach, with our philosophy focused around healthy and alive soil, which involves no use of synthetic herbicides or fungicides, use of compost and biodynamic preparations, use of sheep in winter to graze under vine, and minimal mechanical soil disruption.
REGION: Kangarilla, McLaren Vale
VINE AGE: 69 years
ELEVATION: 200-210m above sea level
SOIL TYPE: Weathered sands
VITICULTURALIST: Michael Lane
Hand-picked and received via a belt elevator, de-stemmed and then sorted via two sorting tables, resulting in tubs of perfectly whole berries, of which half are crushed. These tubs are then tipped into our open fermenters, where the must is cold-soaked for 5-6 days and undergoes wild fermentation. A careful regime of only plunging to minimize over extraction is carried out, before the wine was sent to older French barriques after about 12-14 days. No Pressings are used. The wine in barrel was kept on the yeast lees for approximately 8 months prior to blending. The wine received no fining, just filtration. Bottled in February 2016. Certified Biodynamic.
TA: 7.5 g/L pH: 3.15
PRODUCTION: 1905 cases
WINEMAKER: Peter Fraser
95 points Toni Patterson: 'This is one of the most exciting wines I have tried in a long time. Wildly intense with bright maraschino cherry aromas and flavours. The palate is young, taut and tactile with cherry pip vibrancy and shimmering spice. The barely perceptible savouriness gives the wine depth and character. Highly recommended.' (The Real Review, September 2017)
95 points Halliday Wine Companion: 'From bush vines planted in ‘46, 50% whole-berries, wild yeast and kept on lees in used French oak for 10 months. So fragrant it's breathtaking. To start, a whirl of perfectly ripe raspberries and red currants, patchouli and subtle Middle Eastern spices. The palate is tightly wound, with raspberry-like acidity, more pronounced tannins in the background. They'll meet up in time. Drink by 2029' (Halliday Wine Companion 2018)
93 points James Suckling: 'A savory and tangy red with hints of blueberries, meat and cloves. Medium to full body, chewy tannins, a fresh finish and citrus undertones. Drink now. Screw cap." (jamesuckling.com, July 2017)
90 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown: "Pale to medium garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Grenache Old Vine has scents of cherry and strawberry preserves with hints of potpourri, baking spices, aniseed and dusty earth. Medium-bodied and packed with red berry coulis and spicy flavors, it has a solid frame of chewy tannins and a racy line carrying the fruit to a long finish." (The Wine Advocate, South Australia Report, August 2017)
96 points Anthony Keys: 'I got violets on the nose but others may find different smells. There’s a soft, juicy, raspberry start, which is often why (in my opinion) grenache isn’t taken seriously. It’s from the centre to the end that the magic appears. Complex flavours emerge, twisting and dancing around each other as in a pagan rite of fertility. After the dance of flavours there is the soft tranquility of cool reflection on the beauty of the wine.' (The Keys Report, February 2017)
95 points James Halliday: “The lightish colour is misleading: the wine has a cascade of red fruits, with a slightly unexpected brush fence of ripe tannins, important now as much as in the future, when they will fuse back into the wine. Screwcap. 14.5% alc. Rating 95 To 2029.” (Halliday Wine Companion 2017)
95 points Angus Hughson: 'Bright mid to deep ruby. A brooding and strongly varietal Grenache style showing concentrated dark cherry, tobacco, spice, iron and raspberry fruits. Full-bodied, dry and robust with significant tannins well supported by complex fruit it shows a long and robust finish. Classic Grenache.' (winegenius.com, May 2017)
93 points Gary Walsh: “Savoury, spicy, earthy, pear drops, sausage, raspberry and cherry. Light to medium bodied, spicy and earthy, Pinot like, controlling grip of tannin, alpine herbs on a long finish. Complex. 93 or 94 points.” (The Wine Front)
John Fordham, The Daily Telegraph: "Although Grenache is mostly recongnised as a component of popular McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley “GSM” blends, along with shiraz and mourvedre, its appeal as a stand-alone red continues to attract a cult following among more adventurous consumers. The 2014 Yangarra Estate Old Vine Grenache ($35) is a cracker wine, delivering beautifully developed complex cherry fruit flavours. Yangarra was established in 2000 by the high-flying California producer Jackson which smartly installed Peter Fraser as winemaker. His influence with southern Rhone varieties is evident right across the range, including 2015 Roussannne ($35) 2014 Roux Beaute Roussanne ($75), 2013 Ironheart Shiraz ($105) and 2013 Single Block High Sands Grenache ($130)."
95 points James Halliday: "From bush vines planted ’46 in Blewitt Springs’ sandy soils; hand-picked, mechanically sorted, 50% whole berries, cold soak, open-fermented, wild yeast, on lees in used French oak for 9 months. Bright crimson; a grenache with serious intent, its tightly focused and structured palate way above the norm, the pure core of bright red fruits precisely delineated and very long. For the long haul. 14.5% alc. Screwcap. Rating 95 points To 2038". (Halliday Wine Companion 2016)