There’s a great story about this Grenache vineyard, planted by Colin Angas in the 1960’s. The soil here was so tough that some of the new plantings, probably 10% of the vineyard block, failed to take to their new home and had to be replaced. New cuttings were hastily acquired…which time revealed to be Mataro! That no one ever thought to start over (yet again) is brilliant fortune as the Mataro makes a ripper partner for the Grenache.
The 2016 winter was considered a wet year which suited our dry grown vineyards, however a cool and windy spring delayed flowering and dictated below average yields. A kind summer with some well-timed rain contributed to overall vineyard health and grape condition. After hand-picking, the Grenache (85%) and Mataro (15%) were destemmed and fermented on skins for six days then matured in a combination of 20% new and 80% seasoned French puncheons for 24 months.
On the nose there’s plenty of ripe plum and strawberry playfulness, the beauty and elegance of grenache is immediately apparent. The palate is medium bodied and elegant, loaded with a blend of light and dark red summer fruits, savory nuances and a very fine tannin line finishing soft and supple.