Purple Hands 2018 Planta Circa Ancestor Vine Grenache

Some of the oldest original Grenache vines are in the Barossa Valley. The fruit for this fantastic example of Barossa Grenache comes from low yielding, dry grown 140-year old vines from the Zerk Vineyard, Lyndoch in the southern Barossa Valley.
These circa 1880 vines were planted by PF Zimmerman on his family property at ‘Woodlands’ situated on the outskirts of Lyndoch. The site is around 250m above sea level with a Southerly aspect. The soil consists of deep sand over clay. The vines are own-rooted.
The Grenache was hand-picked on 7 March 2018. Around 35% of whole clusters were tipped into open fermenters with the balance crushed on top, header boards were placed on day 2 of ferment. Temperatures were allowed to reach 32C with pump-overs performed 1-2 times daily. After 10 days on skins, the fruit was basket pressed and transferred into older puncheons to undergo malo-lactic fermentation. Post malo the wine was then left 3 weeks before SO2 was added in place, the wine was left on lees and topped regularly. The wine was racked in early December 2018 and underwent a coarse filtration prior to bottling.
The wine has a bright crimson colour with aromas of raspberry, cherry, earth, sweet spice with herbal hints from the whole clusters. The palate is lively and fleshy with tannins giving a crunchy texture. Excellent flavour with persistent sweet red berry flavours combined with a soft gentle finish that gives a wine that you can enjoy now or over the next 10 years.

Reviews

This is Grenache in silky smooth form with dense raspberry and cherry flavour, baking spices and rose oil perfume. It’s fluid and gentle, with tannin that feels like stroking suede, succulence and volume of flavour, though it keeps itself trim, especially on the finish where a handful of dried herb and tannin grips surely – Gary Walsh (95 Points)

Hand-picked, 35% whole cluster tipped into open fermenters with the balance crushed on top, 10 days on skins, basket-pressed and into older puncheons for mlf, then left on lees. Smooth and luscious, boasts the typical grenache introduction of spiced red fruits, bramble and red confectionery. Youthful and pretty but also sturdy, it moves in the glass with macerated raspberry and red cherry, anise, violets and red licorice. Perky tannins will ensure some medium-term ageing. Jeni Port (92 points)

From a parcel planted in the 1880s in Lyndoch, this has a mellow raspberry and gun-smoke nose with very long, deeply chiselled tannins that carry intense, ripe raspberry flavours so long. James Suckling

Current Vintage Accolades

Ned Goodwin – 96 points
The Wine Front (Gary Walsh) – 95 Points
Wine Showcase Magazine – 95 Points
2019 Barossa Wine Show – Gold Medal
Regan Drew – 94 points
James Suckling – 93 points
Jeni Port (Halliday Wine Companion) – 92 points




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