Blewitt Springs Grenache 2015
Colour: Deep crimson/ruby.
Nose: Lifted and layered. The evolving nose reveals at first, fresh forest berries with a mixture of softly perfumed rose petal aromas, whose mixture of Turkish delight and strawberries and cream is truly attention grabbing. On decant, a vineyard-unique salty/brine character begins to nuance with subtle anise and earthy notes to create an entirely more dramatic and sophisticated expression. An entirely hedonistic perfume whose suggestion of effortless power and wealth becomes apparent with time.
Palate: Upon Layers of playful cherry, boysenberry and red currant fruit play throughout a long, orchestral finish. The extremely fine boned, talcum like extract presents itself as it appears to ‘tap the brakes’ across the mid palate before finishing across a long, creamy finish. Mouth watering, bright natural acidity highlights the exquisite fruit quality whose balance of savoury, raw fruit like, character is neither sugary or jamy. Its just sweet and ripe and delicious. The remarkably concealed yet omnipresent super fine tannin will safely sustain this gorgeous single vineyard example for another two decades or more..
REGION: Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale: 6 kms N/E of McLaren Vale, South Australia. Famous for its ancient geological history that spans some 1600 million years. The region is visibly marked by its beach sands who were deposited some 125 million years ago, after the polar caps melted and sea levels rose. What lies underneath the 10 metre deep sand top layer is the oldest geology on this planet.
CONDITIONS: The winter delivered an unusual array of conditions that can only be described as dry. A perfect Spring season ensued with abundant rain, wind and sunshine. The vines’ bud burst revealed a low quantity of flowers across the districts and extremely even and what can only be described as precocious ripening became a vintage defining element. A typical warm summer was freshened by unusual rains in January and February. By Mid February the early harvest was underway. The entire harvest took place in under 3 weeks across perfect mid to high 20 ̊C max temps and 16-‐‑19 ̊ C min conditions. From tasting the remarkably sweet and perfect, physiologically ripe fruit on the vine and throughout the making process – each vineyard revealed outstandingly spectacular performance. The low crops and perfect conditions constituted a rare alchemy of perhaps once in a lifetime proportions.
WINEMAKING: Low yielding, dry grown vines planted in 1920 are hand picked and a wild yeast fermentation is cultured thereafter. Typically ferments run for a few days and all pressings are the returned to the barrel and bottled onsite without fining or filtration.
MATURATION: 18 months, within a hierarchy of 1-5 year old tight grained, 1st Class French Oak barriques that are specially produced for Clarendon Hills. Racking occurs as required. Each barrique is individually examined by Roman repetitively to gauge the site’s expression and organic evolution.
GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Grenache
BEST DRINKING: 2020+
TECHNICAL: Alc/Vol: 14.4% TA: 5.5 g/Lt pH: 3.5
PRODUCTION: 7,650 Bottles
WINEMAKER: Roman Bratasiuk