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Old Vine Moppa Grenache 2018

Single Vineyard | Hand Picked | Basket Pressed

Old Vine Grenache is sourced from a 3 acre vineyard grown on the southern slope of Moppa Hill.  The contoured single vineyard was planted by Carl Albert Kalleske and son Ian in 1962.  It has an elevation of 350 metres above sea level.  Planted in ancient sandy soil, the vine roots are anchored deep into the reddish-orange clay.  The sandy soil is rich in iron minerals and sits on a quartz stone reef.

The unique small bunches grown are handpicked and yields are always low.  The berries when ripe are very black in colour, thick skinned and rich in flavour and tannin.  The grapes were picked on the 11th of April, 100% de-stemmed and whole berries transferred into a 3 tonne open top fermenter.  Fermentation and extended maceration was carried out over 21 days.  The cap was hand plunged twice a day with the addition of an occasional rack & return.

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Appearance:  Garnet red colour, red-crimson rim.

Aroma:  Red fruits; raspberry, redcurrant and cherry dominate upon opening along with a hint of perfumed blackberry.  Alluring spices of nutmeg and cinnamon are also present along with nuances of truffles and savoury earthy undertones.

Palate:   A serious Grenache with layers of complexity, balanced savoury tannins, fleshy mid palate and a spicy lingering finish.  There is a natural minerality adding to the structure and an intensity of flavour from the small concentrated berries.

Region: 100% Barossa Valley

Sub Region: 100% Moppa Hill Grenache

Bottled: Unfined and unfiltered on 19th of November 2019

Production:  110 dozen

pH:  3.46

Total Acid:  5.86 g/L

Alcohol:  14.50%

Maturation:  100% seasoned French oak puncheons for 16 months

Cellar Potential:  15 years with careful cellaring

Winemaker: Shawn Kalleske

Last tasted:  27/10/2020

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