Atlas Clare Valley Grenache 2019 (Clare Valley, South Australia) "...strawberry, violet, cinnamon...'
Sourced from old bush vines planted on contours at Churinga Vineyard in 1938. A fruiting wire has been retrofitted to the block to encourage sunlight into the canopy and facilitate even ripening and flavour development. These vines are managed with minimal intervention, and shoot- and bunch-thinned as required to ensure the highest quality fruit, before hand-harvesting.
More akin to Pinot Noir than what wine drinkers might traditionally expect from a Grenache, the nose is dominated by fresh raspberries, sour cherries and ‘just ripe’ strawberries with hints of green herbs. The palate is fruit-driven but with interesting textural complexity resulting from the subtle astringency from the inclusion of whole bunches in the fermentation. This winemaking approach also gave the wine structure, length and persistence.
"Bright ruby red in the glass, this wine displays lifted aromatics of strawberry, violets and cinnamon, with an underlying hint of Provençal herbs. The palate is mid weight and juicy with flavours of plush cherry and berry fruits, soft rounded tannins and a lingering savoury finish." - winery notes