The fruit is hand-picked from 18-year old bush vine Grenache, sorted by hand and crushed into small open-top fermenters. 20% whole bunch is used with wild fermentation to build structure and texture and provide the framework on which to express the distinctive aromatics and flavours of Grenache. The wine spends two weeks on skins prior to pressing directly to fine-grained large-format seasoned French oak. It is aged for 11 months prior to bottling. The wine is made with minimum effective Sulphites, is not fined and only minimally filtered.
"It’s not the easiest wine to describe other than to note that the quality is excellent. It’s almost shiraz-like but in a good way. It’s sweet with herbs, bedded with fruit, earthen, spicy, savoury and floral. I’m not going to go into particular fruit/herb descriptors because to be honest a) I can’t nail them and b) it’s such a seamless wine that it’d almost be like missing the point. It’s not a heavy wine, you’d almost call it lacey, but it is quite seriously beautiful."
94 points, The Wine Front (October 2019)
"Medium to deep, bright red colour with a good tint of purple. The bouquet is very fresh and vibrant, medium-bodied and intense, the tannins refined and harmonious, and there is no obvious oak character. Red berry and cherry flavours tinged with spices and graphite. A delicious modern style red wine which is up-front and very approachable already, but has the backbone to handle food and will also age well. (15% mourvèdre, 1% shiraz. 20% whole bunches)"
95 points, The Real Review (August 2019)
"Winemaker Rob Mann worked at Tintara in McLaren Vale and says he got excited by Grenache then. 'We worked hard with it. We had a little at Cape Mentelle too. This is made from 20-year-old bush vines. Everyone’s discovering old-vine Grenache – it's the cool kids’ wine.' Co-fermented with 13% whole-bunch Mourvèdre. Aged for 11 months in older demi-muids.
They're aiming for perfume. Deep youthful crimson and rather a Spanish scent. Apparently they see some parallels with Priorat: ripeness and freshness. Drying finish. But good energy. Quite youthful."
16.5+ points, jancisrobinson.com (October 2019)