"Take me to your tavern, sit me down, tuck me in and smother me in kisses. Grenache for lights off behavior when the lights are on!"
- James Erskine, vigneron
This is a blend of all three Grenache vineyards that Fiona Wood, and her green thumb, manages. Starting with the Foreman Block in the alluvial basin of McLaren Vale proper, moving to the white beach sands of Blewitt Springs' famed Genovese Vineyard and finishing on the steep slopes of Clarendon with the iron-rich Wood Vineyard. All three harmonize perfectly to give a glimpse into the Grenache world of James Erskine.
All fruit is organically farmed and hand harvested. The Foreman and Genovese fruit is fermented 100% whole bunch while the Wood Vineyard fruit is entirely destemmed. After fermentation, without any pumpovers or punchdowns mind you, the juice is pressed off of the skins and into neutral french barrique to rest of 11 months. After maturation the wine is blended to form this absolutely delicious and ethereal Grenache. No sulfur was added throughout the winemaking process.
What makes this wine great is not complexity or hugeness, but the intensity and purity of its perfectly ripe fruit. Blackberry, raspberry, and plum dominate the nose, with hints of savory, menthol, and sage. The fruit again takes over on the palate. The medium-high acid keeps the wine young and vibrant. Long, intense finish of mineral-tinged black and red berries.
- Region: McLaren Vale
- Varietal: 100% Grenache
- Vintage: 2015
- Vineyard: 50% Foreman Block (McLaren Vale) - 30% Genovese Vineyard (Blewitt Springs) - 20% Wood Vineyard (Clarendon)
- Vine Age: Foreman Block (42 years old) - Genovese Vineyard (63 years old) - Wood Vineyard (18 years old)
- Yield: Average: 2 tons per acre
- Soil Type: Foreman Block (Alluvial Gravel & Sand) - Genovese Vineyard (White Sand) - Wood Vineyard (Sandy Ironstone)
- Oak: 11 months in neutral French barrique followed by 3 months in Stainless Steel
- Production: 400 cases
The Adelaide Hills is Australia's most vibrant cool climate wine region. The region is located in the Mount Lofty Ranges east of Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia. Stretching in a narrow band approximately 70km long, the highest vineyards are sited between 1,900 and 2,200 feet altitude in areas such as Crafers, Summertown, Piccadilly and Carey Gully. Learn More »
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