The second of our Grampians Grenache wines to be released. It should have been our third however the 2018 vintage was completely destroyed by the frost of late 2017, which was the worst for decades around Great Western. Such is farming. This year however, the vineyard owned by Paul Dakis had grown that little bit older and handled the weather well. It is a lower elevation, warmer site on a gentle northeasterly facing slope just south of Great Western. I am convinced that Grenache can do very well on the right site in the Grampians, and should get ripe with a good long hang time. The 2019 year was warm but not overly hot, and yields were moderate. The harvest was in very late March, when we decided the birds were getting to hungry to delay any further. Winemaking was simple: all destemmed, a natural, three week fermentation on skins then maturation in 1000lt old oak vats and old 500lt puncheons for seven months. It is light, pure and delicious. Grampians Pinot, if you like.
"As winemaker Rory Lane comments, late-ripening grenache is a recent arrival in the Grampians, warmer vintages opening the door. This has a perfumed bouquet of rose petals, violets and powder puff, the palate rapier-like with its savoury clothing of wild strawberry fruits." - James Halliday, 95 points, Wine Companion.
Vine Age 5 yrs
Total Acidity 5.8g/l
330 dozen produced
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