|Picnic Block Old Vine Grenache
19th March 2020
13th October 2020
100% Barossa Valley Grenache from over fifty year old vines. Each year, this single vineyard receives special attention. Traditional hand pruning methods are applied, the fruit is harvested at what is considered to be optimal ripeness and flavour in accordance to terrior, soil type and micro climate.
Crushed and de-stemmed into open fermenters, with fermentation controlled at 25 C. This developing wine is pumped over each day. Free run is removed from skins and the must is gently pressed via an airbag batch press. Aged in seasoned French oak barrels prior to malolactic conversion and bottling.
5 months in French oak hogsheads.
The Gumpara Vineyard situated in the Light Pass district of the Barossa Valley, has been hand tended by the Mader family for 7 generations. Record yield arising from another consecutive below average winter and spring rainfall with a hot dry December and early January, lead to a stunning quality vintage.
Maximum and minimum temperatures in February eased dramatically allowing time for generous fruit development. This Grenache displays cardinal deep hues with blueberry fruits and cherry wood. Fruit cake and black currant flavours with velvety tannin structure highlight the palate forming of this elegant wine. Drink now or benefit by careful cellaring.
This wine is a pleasure to drink now, but will benefit from careful cellaring well into the next decade.
Watch this space!