Kangarilla Grenache 2013
Colour: Scarlet Purple crimson
Nose: A truly sophisticated example whose introverted recession of character produces a spellbinding incense like perfume that progressively broods from the glass and showers its surrounds. Massivley perfumed yet only exhibiting a fraction of the core-like concentration. Softly scented roses and violet floral notes permeate with a unique, lady’s cosmetic aroma to create an almost halo like effect over the bed of red cherry, pomegranate, Turkish delight, and musk-like perfumes. While wonderfully aromatic, there’s a definitive core of concentration that remains completely recessed and ever unwilling to fully expose itself. With time a new realm of expression emerges as the impregnated, site given minerals begin to smolder with small whiffs of maraschino cherry and glacé fruits prickled throughout.
Palate: Waves of soft kirsch and strawberry fruits gently roll and momentarily reinforce one another before systematically repeating itself relentlessly. The presence of high, site-given natural acidity transforms the vintage hallmark chalky tannin into a luxurious, ultra fine, crushed velvet-like texture. With just enough glycerin to off set this texture, the impression is that of Maraschino Cherry, whose fruit weight ultimately becomes the sunset finish. This is where a deeply entwined, almost smoky mineral element begins to emerge. Entirely seductive and promising substantial future extension and enjoyment.
REGION: Kangarilla is a sub-district of McLaren Vale, South Australia. Its location is low lying, and sits at approximately 34-60 metres above sea level, at the base of the foot hills of McLaren Vale. Its catchment like clay soils offer high natural acids and ensuing vibrance within their expression.
CONDITIONS: The 2011 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 1945 are hand picked thereby culturing whole berry, wild yeast fermentation. This increases the retention of the grape’s varietal essence and minimises bitter tannin extract. All pressings are returned to the barrel and bottled onsite without fining or filtration.
MATURATION: 18 months, within a hierarchy of 1-5 year old tightly grained French Oak. Barrels are finally hand selected by winemaking team.
GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Grenache
BEST DRINKING: 2015-2032
TECHNICAL: Alc/Vol: 14.5% TA: 6.0 g/Lt pH: 3.5
PRODUCTION: 6,960 Bottles
WINEMAKER: Roman Bratasiuk