Onkaparinga Grenache 2013
Colour: Purpled crimson
Nose: Truly charismatic and quickly identifiable within the 2013 Grenache collection as a leader. Terroir complexities run like finely woven bespoke couture throughout the red and black berry fruit and take you to a special place. Magically entwined with elegant hints of terracotta, fresh baked biscuit, cocoa, walnut, and Turkish delight. The flourishing perfume continues to rise with an ever-present core appearing as the seamless spine-like conductor. Harmoniously, these characters gracefully nuance, reinforce and offer evolution. A ubiquitous demonstration of finesse whose aptitude of execution is a prize for hedonists.
Palate: The perfectly harmonious composition of spice, fruit, glycerin and chalky velvet produce an aristocratic experience, is taught with extravagance but remains clearly defined. Patient. Its sheer fruit purity, alone , ushers superlatives but the layering and intricacy within which the nuanced mineral flinty undertone redefines things and promiscuously suggests this is just the tip of the ice berg ahead. The fine boned and seamlessly structured palate, has an air of effortless power. Alcohol: 14.5%
REGION: Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale: 10 kms N/E of McLaren Vale.
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 1935 are hand picked thereby culturing whole berry, wild yeast fermentation. 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: 20015-2035
TECHNICAL: Alc/Vol: 14.5% TA: 6.0 g/Lt pH: 3.42
PRODUCTION: 6,810 Bottles