Old Vine Moppa Grenache 2010
Single Vineyard | Hand Picked | Basket Pressed
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 and rich in flavour and tannin. The grapes were handpicked on the 24th of March, 100% de-stemmed, 60% berries crushed and 40% remained whole berry into a three-tonne open top fermenter. Fermentiation was carried out over 12 days, the cap was had plunged twice a day with the addition of an occasional rack and return.
Show Tasting Notes
Appearance: Garnet to black in colour, brick-red rim.
Aroma: Red fruits dominate upon opening along with a hint of perfumed blackberry and blueberry. Alluring spices of nutmeg and cinnamon are also present and are joined with nuances of chocolate, cedary oak, truffles and savoury earthy undertones.
Palate: A powerhouse Grenache with layers of complexity, upfront 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. Possibly our finest Grenache to date – time will be the measure.
Region: 100% Barossa Valley
Sub Region: 100% Moppa Hill
Bottled: Unfined & unfiltered on October 2011
Production: 65 dozen
Total Acid: 6.20 g/L
Maturation: 100% 1yr old seasoned French oak hogsheads for 19 months
Cellar Potential: 15 years with careful cellaring
Winemaker: Shawn Kalleske
Last tasted: 05/06/14
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