We pick our bush vine Grenache early in the season capturing the pink lady apple crunchiness of the skins, leading to a very pale coloured, elegant and dry style of Rosé. Grenache displays delicate rose hip and strawberry aromas with a juicy crisp palate.
WINE COMPOSITION: 100% Grenache
REGION: Estate grown in Kangarilla, McLaren Vale, SA
WINEMAKING: Hand picked, wild yeast ferment, whole berry pressed. Kept on lees for 5 of months, mixing weekly.
Vineyard and Winemaking
Our young Grenache bush vines are dry grown, and pruned to very low bud numbers to ensure a modest yield. These two blocks are grown on Sandy Ironstone outcrops, and produce a slightly lighter and more fragrant version of our old vines.
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. This involves the use of compost and biodynamic preparations, use of sheep in winter to graze under vine, and minimal mechanical soil disruption. There is no use of synthetic herbicides or fungicides.
REGION: Kangarilla, McLaren Vale, SA
VARIETAL COMPOSITION: 100% Grenache
VINE AGE: Planted in 2009 (Blocks 7 and 13), and 1946 (Block 25)
ELEVATION: 160m above sea level
VITICULTURALIST: Michael Lane
T.A.: 5.8 g/L
RESIDUAL SUGAR: less than 2g/L (Dry)
WINEMAKER: Peter Fraser
The 2020 harvest will be remembered for many years, mostly for all the wrong reasons. The growing season was marred by a very hot spring and the bushfires that ravaged vast areas of Australia. We feel feel incredibly blessed that in McLaren Vale we were untouched by either the fires or smoke taint. The very hot spring did lead to lowest yields on our records, but as the grapes started their ripening process the weather miraculously cooled to one of the most mild ripening seasons, resulting in wonderful concentration of flavour, retention of natural acidity and brightness of fruit, but above all beautiful finesse and balanced tannins.