There’s a great story about this Grenache vineyard, planted by Colin Angas in the 1960’s. The soil here was so tough that some of the new plantings, probably 10% of the vineyard block, failed to take to their new home and had to be replaced. New cuttings were hastily acquired…which time revealed to be Mataro! That no one ever thought to start over (yet again) is brilliant fortune as the Mataro makes a ripper partner for the Grenache.
Across the Barossa, the growing and harvest conditions were ideal. The Grenache (93%) and Mataro (7%) were handpicked on April 10, destemmed and fermented on skins in small open stainless steel fermenters for 6 days with twice daily pump overs. The wine was matured in a combination of 20% new and 80% seasoned French puncheons for 24 months.
“85/15% grenache/mataro, co-planted by accident, in a single vineyard in Hutton Vale. Hand picked; no whole bunches, matured 24 months in 20% new French oak puncheons. The cool 2017 season has made for a savoury and spicy blend, already evolving to a bricking hue and earthy flavour spectrum. Sweet, spicy berry fruits and dried herbs linger amidst tangy acidity and fine, supple tannins. A vintage to drink now.” - Tyson Stelzer (Wine Companion)