This is a Premier Cru vineyard that, by definition offers a perfect balance of roundness and approachable enjoyability in the short term- however has all the structural components and balance to comfortably cellar for decades.
Within the Premier Cru vineyard calibre, each bottle indemnifies its owner with wines that balance short term enjoyment with future decades of pleasure.
The site itself is located in Blewitt Springs and was planted in 1920. Old vines provide very small, thick skinned berries and this is evident in the natural expression from this vineyard.
A pure sand top soil deposited by a lapping sea level over some 20 million years ago, sits atop some of the oldest geological formations on earth.
These dry grown, hand picked vines produce about 1 tonne per acre
Â Typically the Premier Cru wines are extremely enjoyable in their youthful. As theirÂ adolescent days are somewhat Â loudish, primary fruit driven in composition, over time, this brashness and rigidity in texture slowly diminishes toward a Classical old world like state where understated power and highly sophisticated, savoury elements speckle the completely integrated and svelte palate. This is where the analogy "An iron fist in a velvet glove' begins to have bearing.
This is the sister wine to the 'Romas Grenache' (Romas is the steepest section of the Blewitt Springs site - always reserved and bottles uniquely because of its superiority/individuality) and also the 'Onkaparinga Grenache'. Each of the Blewitt Springs, Romas and Onkaparinga Grenache sites are planted on the same hill side. The Blewitt Springs and Romas patches are due East facing and the Onkaparinga site is the uppermost hilltop area that is western facing. All sites are within 200 metres of each other.