Sparrow & Vine is my ongoing winemaking baby. The first vintage was 2010 and it has always been based on fruit from the Doecke vineyard, on Gawler Park Rd in the Eden Valley sub region of the Barossa. The Eden Valley is higher and cooler than the Barossa floor and the fruit ripens later, with ensuing wines offering notes of spice and fresh red fruit flavours. I’m trying to produce wines that are soft and accessible and with cooler region sense of vibrancy. Most of all they need to have drinkability.
The 2016 Sparrow & Vine Single Vineyard Grenache (available here) is entirely off the Doecke Vineyard, which was planted by Bruce Doecke in 1964. He still tends it today.
Handpicked and crushed, fermented with wild yeasts, basket pressed and aged for 12 months in older French oak barrels. It was made with Wayne Ahrens at Smallfry Wines.
It’s got lovely lifted red fruit aromatics along with the spice notes that I was after. The pepper / nutmeggy notes flowing onto the palate with taut raspberry and red cherry flavours. It’s lithe, lively and long. And drinkable. I’m very happy with it.