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.
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93/100 Wine Orbit NZ
93/100 Wine Orbit NZ
Sam Kim, 2021
|100%:||Organic | Biodynamic|
|Colour:||Ruby red with light pink hues|
|Aroma:||A perfumed fragrance of fresh strawberries, raspberries and spice. Bright red fruits jump from the glass showing excellent varietal expression|
|Palate:||Light to medium-bodied wine with a crunchy red berry flavour. Hints of savoury spice round out the palate, giving depth and length to the finish.|
|Drink With:||Spicy Asian or Indian dishes|
This wine can be enjoyed young, however careful cellaring for 5-10 years will be rewarded
2020 posed many challenges throughout Australia. Another intense drought year through the growing season was followed by one of the most devastating bushfire seasons this country has ever seen. Fortunately McLaren Vale was largely unaffected by this devastation and the early signs indicate 2020 to be a very special vintage; one to savour. Moderate weather throughout the picking season, combined with lower yields allowed the flavours to develop harmoniously and in balance. Varietal expression was excellent with Shiraz and Grenache showing lovely intense flavour without excessive tannin or alcohol. Tempranillo and Graciano are showing lovely plum and pepper characters and will be intriguing to see how they develop after time in oak and 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.
|Winemaker:||Dwayne Cunningham and Kate Goodman|
Sweetly ripe and inviting, the wine shows Black Doris plum, blueberry, violet and subtle spice notes on the nose, followed by a supple palate displaying juicy fruit flavours with beautifully rounded mouthfeel. At its best: now to 2030