96 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday
98 Year Old Vines
Grenache has its origins in Spain and is particularly well suited to the Barossa climate due to its ability to withstand extremes of heat, aridity and wind.
The fruit for this wine was predominantly sourced from 98 year old Grenache vines grown on the Turkey Flat Vineyard. These old vines produce fantastically concentrated fruit which translates into a style of Grenache for which Turkey Flat has become famous.
These vines are traditionally spur pruned, in the goblet style of Southern France and yields are kept low (around 2 tonnes/acre or approximately 32 hectolitres/hectare) producing wines of exceptional quality.
To retain the perfect balance of fruit, tannin, herbaceousness & spice, critical attention is paid to the ripeness levels of fruit prior to hand-picking. A carefully chosen ratio of new & old French oak with the right toast bring this style to life.
“Open-fermented with 10% whole bunches, 2 weeks on skins post-fermentation, matured for 8 months in large format used oak. One of a handful of Barossa Valley grenaches with the same weight and power of top flight McLaren Vale grenache. It has abundant red cherry, raspberry, blueberry and plum fruits allied with firm tannins, and no confection/Turkish delight nuances. Moreover, it will react positively to maturation.” – 96 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday