2017 Stonegarden Grenache

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2017 Stonegarden Grenache


Grape Variety: 100% Grenache

Origin: Single vineyard wine from the distinguished Stonegarden vineyard in the Eden Valley, with old vine heritage and limited production. The wines produced from this special piece of history are something to behold, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Riesling while singing their respective varietal character, have a common vineyard thread of beautiful aromatics and subtle minerality.

Elevation: 394m above sea level

Bottles produced: 2,580

Soil Type: Once part of an ancient sea bed, the thin loam soils sit above a substrate of red clay containing rose quartz and black mica schist fragments. In the heat of summer, cool breezes and low night temperatures promote long, slow ripening of fruit resulting in complex flavours with balanced acidity and fine, silky tannin.

Sub Region: Springton, Eden Valley

Winemaking: Harvested in two parcels from the purest planting of Grenache on the historic vineyard. The first parcel is destemmed into a ceramic egg and aged on skins for several months to extract a fine grain tannin structure. The second parcel is fermented as whole bunches and foot stomped over a period of two weeks giving a broader more grainy tannin profile. A fine acid balance is the hallmark of this vineyard and combined with a fine boned structure will ensure this Grenache is constantly evolving as it ages. 

Cellaring: A decade or more.

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94 Points

Old vine grenache off the Stonegarden vineyard. Part matured in a ceramic egg, part whole bunches, all unfiltered and unfined.

Ribs of tannin for sure but it generally feel unfettered and free. It has power but not a lead foot. It tastes of chicory and black cherry, graphite and woodsmoke. It’s sleeves are bursting with spice, dry/sweet/woody at once. Flashes of ironstone and molasses too. They vineyard has done an excellent job, and so too has the winery team. There’s finesse flaring off them’s fingers. It’s a respectful wine and as a result, it’s a fundamentally delicious as it is impressive.

Campbell Mattinson, winefront.com.au

93 Points

Raspberries and cherries mark the nose of the 2017 Stonegarden Grenache, sourced from Eden Valley. This full-bodied rendering of Grenache is quite deep, dark and tannic, although it's creamy enough on the mid-palate to make it approachable now. Serious stuff, with a long, spice-driven finish.

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, Issue 238, Sept 2018