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.
96/100 Top 100 Wines
96/100 Top 100 Wines
James Halliday, 2019
|100%:||Organic | Biodynamic|
|Colour:||Light ruby red|
|Aroma:||A perfumed fragrance with a delicate lift of strawberries, emperor plums and orange blossom|
|Palate:||Light to medium bodied wine with a soft, silky mid palate and a pleasant influence of whole bunch and stalk, plum richness and elegant tannins|
|Drink With:||Spicy Asian or Indian dishes|
This wine can be enjoyed young, however careful cellaring for 5-10 years will be rewarded
2018 Growing season had very good winter rainfall allowing the vineyards to reach saturation point. A very dry spring encouraged healthy foliage growth and controlled the vines vigor well. We experienced one of the driest summers in 30 odd years; this meant a great concentration of flavours and intensity of fruit especially in Shiraz and Grenache. The whites reached fruit ripeness with low acidity therefore producing a very bright and vibrant flavour profile. A warmer than usual autumn (Indian summer) kept disease pressure low and helped natural malolactic fermentation. All and all, a very strong 2018 vintage with fantastic red wines maturing in barrel and vibrant white’s in bottle.
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.
An elegant grenache that speaks loudly about place and variety. The balance, texture, structure and flavour of red fruits run the length of the palate. It was the first vineyard David Paxton acquired in 1979, with some vines dating back to 1887, in a unique side valley with very cool mornings. James Halliday Top 100 Wines 96/100