A true individual showcasing the essence of Grenache, sourced from vines that have been in the ground for 130 years. Year after year these veteran vines give up small quantities of exceptional grapes. Terroir & Site This single vineyard Grenache has been crafted from grapes sourced from a two acre block in the Tri-Centenary vineyard. Located in the heart of the Barossa Valley this block comprises of 820 gnarly old bush vines that were planted in 1889. The vineyard features deep, sandy, loam layers underlain with red-brown, clay layers. These soils are generally very deep and hold large volumes of water within their pore spaces, essential for good growth. As temperatures increase and evaporation levels rise, moisture levels in the sand decrease rapidly, but the vine is able to draw moisture from the underlying clay. With careful management, dry grown vines on these soils can consistently produce outstanding quality fruit. Winemaking The grapes were handpicked and crushed into open top stainless steel fermenters. The wild yeasts present on the grape skins initiated fermentation and cultured winery yeasts were added to complete fermentation. The wine remained on skins post-fermentation for 41 days. This extended maturation contributes an even greater complexity and individuality to the wine. The resulting wine is one of richness, texture and complexity.
The Tri-Centenary Grenache