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Old Vine Moppa Grenache 2008

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. Its terroir consists of sandy soil over deep orange/red clay and endures windy warm conditions during the day with cool nights.
This old vine vineyard produces very unique small berry clusters and through meticulous winemaking techniques makes an aromatic and powerful single vineyard Grenache which is very unique to this vineyard site.

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Appearance: Brick red with a crimson hue.

Aroma: Dense raspberry conserve, rhubarb and red liquorice with a hint of earthy truffles. The nose also shows several spices such as vanilla, ground coriander seeds and black pepper.

Palate: This is a very rich complex Grenache, this stems from the unique small berries, long ferments and oak maturation. Raspberry carries over to the palate with black fruits, prunes, tobacco, cedar oak and finishes with grainy tannins.

Region: 100% Barossa Valley

Sub Region: 100% Moppa Hill Grenache

Production: 177 dozen

pH: 3.47

Total Acid: 6.70 g/L

Alcohol: 14.50%

Maturation: 100% French oak hogsheads (25% new)

Cellar Potential: 10-12 years with careful cellaring

Winemaker: Shawn Kalleske

Last tasted: 08/05/12


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