The 2017 vintage of our Grenache is now available. The season was particularly kind with cooler temperatures leading to a longer, more even ripening period and later than usual pick on March 27. As with other years the grapes were hand picked and hand sorted through the crusher/ destemmer with some bunches left whole to add some structure and complexity. The natural yeasts were then left to do their thing. It was pressed out to old french oak barrels for aging.
This vintage is showing the juicy, dark raspberry fruit of previous years but with the spice is in there too, pepper and more deeper asian and nutmeg notes. Fine textured and svelte mid palate, lots of juicy raspberry and cherry flavours with no overripe jammyness at all. Quite dangerously drinkable.
Single vineyard planted in 1963. No chemical additions, fermented with wild yeast, minimal sulphur added.
The vineyard located in the Eden Valley is a bit older than Brendan Hilferty, who has (more than) a hand in making this wine.
Juicy, wheaty, gently funky, spicy and red-fruited Grenache we have here. It’s savoury, with a playful lick of kitten’s tongue tannin, fresh acidity, high drinkability factor, and a sappy/spicy finish of excellent length. Character, integrity and more than a bit of fun. Yum. Australian Grenache is in a very good place these days.