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Old Vine Moppa Grenache 2009

Hand Picked | Basket Pressed | 94 pts by James Halliday

This 3 acre single vineyard of old vine Grenache is grown on the southern side of Moppa Hill. The vineyard has an elevation of 350 metres above sea level. The Grenache is planted on sandy loam over rich friable orange clay along with fragments of quartz stone and iron stone. The orange clay runs to a depth of 3 to 4 feet and sits on a bed of scattered quartz stone.

This old vine vineyard produces very unique small berry clusters; the berries when ripe are very black in colour, thick skinned, rich in flavour and tannin.  In the winery the grapes were part crushed with 20% whole berry remaining and cold soaked for 5 days before fermentation was allowed to start. Fermentation was controlled in a 3 tonne open top fermenter and carried out over 16 days; the cap was hand plunged three times per day.

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Appearance: Brick red with a dark core.

Aroma: Complex nose with raspberry liqueur, prunes, rhubarb, spices and hints of pepper and earthy truffles.

Palate: Medium bodied Grenache with subtle oak, red & black fruits, rhubarb and good acidity, well structured with savoury tannins.

Region: 100% Barossa Valley

Sub Region: 100% Moppa Hill Grenache

Bottled: Unfined & unfiltered in September 2011

Production: 177 dozen

pH: 3.42

Total Acid: 6.40 g/L

Alcohol: 14.50%

Maturation: 100% Seasoned French oak hogsheads for 18 months

Cellar Potential: 10-12 years with careful cellaring

Winemaker: Shawn Kalleske

Last tasted: 21/05/12


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