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2016 Griffons Key Grenache

NEW VINTAGE
$43.00 inc GST

Second release - A brand new standout in McLaren Vale Grenache.

 

Griffons are powerful and majestic creatures that have the body, tail and hind legs of a lion and the head, talons and wings of an eagle. They symbolise divine power and are known for guarding treasure and priceless possessions.

The key held in the griffon’s beak is believed to refer to the griffon’s role as a guardian as well as the Kay name. We felt that symbolism of the Griffon matched this 1st release of the Griffon’s Key Grenache perfectly.

The fruit was hand-picked from a remarkably expressive parcel in the Amery vineyard. Artisanal winemaking ensures a rich, concentrated and powerful style reflecting its name and character. Tread carefully past the mythological ‘king of creatures’ and discover the drinking pleasure it is guarding.

Second release - A brand new standout in McLaren Vale Grenache.

 

Griffons are powerful and majestic creatures that have the body, tail and hind legs of a lion and the head, talons and wings of an eagle. They symbolise divine power and are known for guarding treasure and priceless possessions.

The key held in the griffon’s beak is believed to refer to the griffon’s role as a guardian as well as the Kay name. We felt that symbolism of the Griffon matched this 1st release of the Griffon’s Key Grenache perfectly.

The fruit was hand-picked from a remarkably expressive parcel in the Amery vineyard. Artisanal winemaking ensures a rich, concentrated and powerful style reflecting its name and character. Tread carefully past the mythological ‘king of creatures’ and discover the drinking pleasure it is guarding.

The 2016 vintage growing season began with a dry but cool spring. Flowering conditions were excellent therefore optimising fruit set. Mild but dry conditions continued in early summer until the 29th of January, when we received 44 mm of much welcome rain. The rain freshened canopies and kick started veraison. The final ripening period was perfect for Grenache, producing lovely even colour and flavour development in all bunches.

 

The vineyard has a North-Eastern exposure. Soils are shallow red sandy loam over complex Geology comprising quartz and ironstone gravels, weathered and calcareous sandstone, siltstone and limestone.

 

The best parcels of hand-picked Grenache were selected from the Amery vineyard. Fruit was open fermented and hand plunged for 10 days on skins, prior to traditional basket pressing in our 1928 press. The wine matured a further 10 months in aged French oak puncheons.

Colour: Deep ruby with a violet hue.


Nose: Alluring aromas of rose petal, lavender and dark Morello cherry.


Palate: Extremely concentrated, complex and layered with rich dark fruits such as boysenberry and cherry. Astounding length provided by fine grained lingering tannin. A powerful and seductive Grenache!

 

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Products specifications
Vintage 2016
Wine Style Red
Variety Grenache
Bottle Size 750ml
Alcohol By Volume 14.5%
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Products specifications
Vintage 2016
Wine Style Red
Variety Grenache
Bottle Size 750ml
Alcohol By Volume 14.5%