This is a stunning example of Grenache at its finest. A medium bodied and bright style wine with hints of lifted cherry and raspberry on the nose. The palate is lifted and bright with savory red fruits. Natural grape tannins provide on the finish. The wine will age gracefully over 5 to 10 years.
Variety: 100% Grenache
Harvest Date: 19 March 2018
Vineyard Location: North west vineyards
Geology / Soil Profile: Deep, red rocky clay loam (derived from Cambrian Rock)
Viticulture Practices: Un-irrigated vineyards, zero tillage, grass sward between rows, cane pruned
Yields: 1.5 tonne/acre
Production: 65 dozen (130 cases)
Bottle Packaging: 750 ml punted premium burgundy
Closure: Stelvin ROTP Screwcap
Cartons: 6 bottles in branded cartons stand-up
The 2018 Vintage:
2018 brought good spring rains and a warm dry summer. There was low disease pressure throughout the vineyards. Grapes were hand-picked to ensure that only the best bunches were taken.
All fruit was Estate grown, sourced from north facing slopes of the Dowd’s Lane vineyard. The Grenache vines are on a high rocky slope exposed to the summer sun. The vines are unirrigated and very low yielding. They are cane-pruned by hand and wrapped to a single wire trellis to encourage some bunch shading during the heat of summer.
50% of the bunches were retained whole and stored in CO2 for 21 days, then whole bunch pressed. The stalks, skins and stems were returned to the ferment and retained for and further four weeks. The other 50% was destemmed, crushed, fermented on skins and basket pressed. The two components were then blended and aged in semi-permeable plastic tank without oak for 15 months prior to bottling.