Our Thomas Block vineyard is extremely unique, and experiences colder than average McLaren Vale mornings, and warm summer days, providing the perfect ripening conditions for producing the most elegant of red wines; this Grenache is no exception.
|100%:||Organic | Biodynamic | Vegan|
|Colour:||Vibrant red with purple hues|
|Aroma:||A perfumed nose with hints of raspberries, mulberries and a touch of French oak|
|Palate:||Light to medium bodied wine with a soft, juicy mid palate with a pleasant influence of whole bunch and stalk, plum richness and elegant tannins|
This wine can be enjoyed young, however careful cellaring for 5-10 years will be rewarded
2017 was a fantastic year for winemaking in McLaren Vale. We had an extremely wet winter and our vineyards reached full saturation point. Spring brought very consistent fruit set and flowering. The rain continued throughout summer and mild days with cool nights allowed for a slow ripening season. These conditions resulted in fragrant whites with lower acidity, and elegant reds with very attractive primary fruit flavours and lower alcohols.
Hand picked at optimum sugar and flavour balance, 20% of the harvest was used as whole bunches, with the remainder gently de-stemmed. A slow, cool ferment helped capture the character of the vineyard and a combination of pump overs and plunging for 10-14 days enhanced the tannin profile. When fermentation was finished the must was pressed to mature French oak barriques for maturation of six months prior to blending and bottling.
95 points 2017 Thomas Block Grenache
Medium to full red/purple colour; the bouquet very spicy and floral, peppery and aromatic, clean and alluring. There is a foresty kind of aromaticity that could be down to partial whole-bunch fermentation. The wine is fruit-sweet and succulent in the mouth, with a glossy texture and feel. Slippery and lush.