96 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday
A very unique single vineyard planted 1923 in the hills above Clarendon, McLaren Vale
The Clandestine Vineyards #1 Grenache is the first offering from the single vineyards project by Vinaceous Wines. Select vineyards are chosen specifically for their regional historical significance. Grenache as a grape is versatile, plump, thin-skinned and bush-hardy, but what separates the fun from the indulgent is terroir and vine age. The #1 Grenache was sourced from a treasured site where 93 year-old drygrown bush vines sit 150m above sea level in the small hilly township of Clarendon, McLaren Vale in South Australia. McLaren Vale lends itself uniquely to Grenache with its maritime climate, and the hot dry summers on loamy soils create the best growing conditions for this varietal. The vines were handpicked & gently basket pressed. The juice was then added back to first pressings, open fermented and finally aged in old French oak hogsheads to calm and round out the vintage after all that activity. It’s a gentle approach with big results.
“From a single vineyard planted 1923 as bushvines in the hills above Clarendon, hand-picked, open-fermented, basket-pressed to used French hogsheads for 9 months. Light, bright colour; a full-bodied, savoury grenache unique to Clarendon with its structure and mouthfeel (but not its flavours) as robust as shiraz. It deserves a minimum of 5 years for the spices (presently locked up) to burst forth.” – 96 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday