The 2018 vintage of our Grenache is now available. Picked March 6th this year and the fruit looked fantastic.
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 tanks to settle and then older french oak barrels for aging.
I love how this shows every year the quality and signature of the vineyard. Picked a little earlier than 2017 and a touch lighter in alcohol with some brighter red fruits to accompany darker raspberry notes. The tell tale spice is there again, nutmeg and pepper note and a fine textured, svelte mid palate – the “kitten tongue” tannins carrying the juicy raspberry and cherry flavours with no overripe jammyness at all.
Quite dangerously drinkable. We love it.
Single vineyard planted in 1963. No chemical additions, fermented with wild yeast, minimal sulphur added.
“Red fruits, a little spearmint, spice, nutmeg and brown bread. Medium-bodied, fine dusty tannin, a juiciness hand in glove with more savoury nutty flavours, gummy feel too, but firms up on the finish with dry spice and roast chestnut. Feels good. Tastes good.” 93 points
Brendan Hilferty is one of the great and innovative humans of the Australian wine industry. He quietly works away from his inner-Sydney warehouse with forays into the Barossa Valley for this sumptuous wine. With multiple vintages under his belt he has incrementally increased the quality and finesse. This wine has that ‘pinosity’ of great grenache with lightly chewy tannins, cherry-berry fruitiness and a good dusting of pretty, sweet and floral spice. Get the good glasses. MB
Mike Bennie, Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine, April-May 2019