2016 Old Vine Grenache

Produced exclusively from our Estate bush vines planted in 1946, high on our Estate’s deep sandy soils. Our Old Vine Grenache is complex, perfumed and elegant with a trademark tannin structure.

Detail

WINE COMPOSITION: 100% Grenache

REGION: Estate grown in Kangarilla, McLaren Vale

WINEMAKING: Wild yeast ferment, 10 months maturation in 100% older French oak, no fining just filtration

Vineyard and Winemaking

VINEYARD INFORMATION

The 2016 growing season was marked by a very dry spring it intially seemed as if we were headed for a very early and compressed season. Summer came along, bringing with it some mild rains which slowed down the sugar ripening of the vines. This helped to give brightness and fleshiness to the wines of this vintage.
All of our Grenache grapes are hand-picked.  As much as we pick on sugar/acid balance, and importantly physiological characters, we also consider the biodynamic calendar where possible, with fruit days and flower days being the most desirable, and a root day avoided.
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: 70 years

ELEVATION: 200m above sea level

SOIL TYPE: Weathered sands

WINEMAKING INFORMATION

The fruit for this wine was sourced from blocks 23, 24, 25 and 29. These are dry-farmed bush vines that were planted in 1946, in our ancient sands that overlie the North Maslin geology. The grapes were hand-picked, destemmed and mechanically sorted. 50% whole berries. The berries were then tipped in to open fermenters,  cold-soaked for 5-6 days and underwent wild yeast fermentation.  No pressings were used. The wine in barrel was kept on lees in older French oak for 10 months. Not fined. Certified Organic/Biodynamic.

ALCOHOL: 14.5%

TA: 5.3 g/L

pH: 3.40

PRODUCTION: 1,200 cases

Vintage Report

The 2016 growing season was marked by a very dry spring it intially seemed as if we were headed for a very early and compressed season. Summer came along, bringing with it some mild rains which slowed down the sugar ripening of the vines. This helped to give brightness and fleshiness to the wines of this vintage.

Reviews

2016 VINTAGE:

94 Points | 2019 Halliday Wine Companion: From bushvines planted '46, 50% whole berries, 50% destemmed, wild yeast open-fermented, matured for 10 months in used French oak. Very good colour; rich, full predominantly red fruits supported by fine tannins. No hint at all of confection or jam. The finish simply reinforces the depth and the freshness of the fruit from 70yo vines. Bargain. Drink by 2026

94 Points Nick Stock - jamessuckling.com Top 100 Wines: A decadent grenache with dried blueberries, tar, brambleberries and Chinese spices. The palate is also generous but well supported by grainy, tight tannins and a fine line of acidity. A crunchy, chewy finish. Drink in 2020. Screw cap.

91 Points Huon Hooke - The Real Review Sep 2018: Deep red/purple colour with a ripe plum and spice bouquet, rich and deep and layered. A full-bodied, solid wine with masses of firm tannins and the potential to reward keeping. (Off dry-grown vines planted in 1946. 50% whole berry and whole bunch)

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