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.
93/100 Wine Orbit NZ
93/100 Wine Orbit NZ
Sam Kim, 2021
|100%:||Organic | Biodynamic|
|Vineyard:||Landcross Farm, Thomas Block and Quandong Farm Block|
|Drink With:||Spicy Asian or Indian dishes|
This wine can be enjoyed young, however careful cellaring for 5-10 years will be rewarded
2021 was one of those dream vintages that don’t come along every year; cool, refreshing nights and dreamy, sun-kissed days without any extended stretches of intense heat. After a warmer than usual November there were only four days above 40 degrees. It was mainly dry throughout the ripening season with the odd spattering of just enough rain to keep the grapes beautifully plump, juicy and full of bright fruit flavours and time to dry out in between so disease pressure was low. The gentle undulation between these varying temperatures and perfectly healthy canopies allowed us to really ponder picking times, spending plenty of time out in the vineyard tasting grapes getting the timing of picking just right. The generous harvest has rewarded us with delightfully delicate fruit and varietal characters, with each variety singing its own tune. Natural acids are in perfect balance and the smooth, sensuous tannins completed by an epic energetic vibration that we can’t wait to share with you.
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.
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