A variety with over a century of history in McLaren Vale, though its popularity has ebbed and flowed over the years.
Known for its ripe fruits and savoury, earthy under currents it provides a generous, robust mouth feel and loose knit tannin structure. In the past a small percentage of Mataro would be used to bolster colour and structure in our Shiraz.
Our small block planted at the base of the hill enjoys all the sun it can get, often being the last variety to be picked each year.
Fruit was hand harvested, crushed & destemmed then hand plunged utilising open top fermentation. Following 12 days on skins, traditional basket pressing in our 1928 basket press was employed. The wine then matured in seasoned French oak puncheons for 6 months.
Once planted predominantly for use in fortified wines, Grenache is now recognised as one of McLaren Vale's premium varieties. Juicy, soft and beautifully balanced.
An Italian variety native to Sicily. It is well suited to the warm Mediterranean climate we enjoy in McLaren Vale.