The 2016 Grenache Noir is a Single Vineyard Wine created from 1923 Planted Grenache vines grown on our ‘Stonewell Hill’ Vineyard. It is my first 'go' at making Grenache into a style we affectionately call Barossa Pinot. Amongst the group of larrikins I affectionately call mates, the oft tongue in cheek quoted saying 'Friends don't let friends drink Pinot' now has an out... with 'but you can drink Grenache made like Pinot...'
Stonewell Grenache 1923 Block
Brilliant Garnet Red
strawberries with hints of plum underpinned with spicy savory darkness.
A deceptively full palate exhibiting rich bright full summer fruits and spicy complexity. Lovely lilting balance between silky tannins bright acid and a lengthy slightly spicy finish.
I've chosen to call this little beauty Grenache Noir as it encompasses my first steps in a quest to capture ‘Burgophile’ sensibilities from Old Vine Barossa Grenache. While some have chosen a heavier expression for this variety, our 1923 plantings on light sandy loam sing a more aromatic song. 30% Whole bunch gentle thrice daily hand plunging and extended skin maceration before 12 months in seasoned oak has ensured that every ounce of delight has been captured. The final flourish for this baby is an illustration by my wife Nicki. Quirky as hell but totally appropriate!
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