'100 Year Old Vines' Grenache 2012
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Tasting Notes

This wine displays lifted floral perfume characters. On the palate red berry flavours of strawberry and cherry compliment tones of earthy spice flavours and leave a soft, rich and velvety finish.

Winemaking

The hand-picked grapes were destemmed, but not crushed, and spent seven days on their skins in an open fermenter with twice daily hand-plunging and pump over of the cap to gently extract colour, flavour and tannins. This was followed by careful basket pressing and malolactic fermetation in a combination of new and seasoned French oak barrels prior to eighteen months' maturation in our cellars.

In keeping with our non-interventionist winemaking style we have neither fined nor filtered this wine and as a result a pure deposit may form. Decanting is recommended. 

 

 

The Barossa is home to some of the world's oldest ungrafted Grenache vines and the grapes for this wine are from Wayne Ahrens' single vineyard in the renowned Vine Vale sub-region where his family has grown grapes for five generations. The low-yielding 'Centenarian' vines were planted more than a century ago around the time construction of The Château itself began.  

Reviews
93 Points
Review by: James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2015
From the Ahrens Vineyard in the Vine Vale district; hand-picked and destemmed, then open-fermented, it is very pale in colour, not unusual with Barossa Grenache, no matter how old the vines. It was matured in new and used French oak for 18 months, and despite the light colour, has considerable length to its red fruits; the tannins are fine, and the oak does not intrude unduly. Bottle no. 1245 of 2640.
GOLD Medal
Review by: Berlin Wine Trophy 2014
GOLD Medal
Review by: Mundus VINI 2014
95 Points
Review by: Huon Hooke, huonhooke.com
Medium to full red colour with a purple tinge. The bouquet is spicy, edgy and chocolaty, with a raspberry fruit note and lots of earthy and mineral touches...Decadently rich and lushly sweet. Delicious. It carries its alcohol well. Drinking 2015-2027
94 Points
Review by: Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
100 year old vines... in Vine Vale. Cherry, floral notes, brown spice, low oak input – hooray! Medium bodied, shapely and firm, bright acidity and grippy coarse grain tannin – not sweet but has flesh and substance. Tails off a little on the finish perhaps, but clean in the aftertaste, and inviting too. Barossa Pinot for sure. Excellent. Beautifully made.  Needs a little more time. Jan 2014

 

$120.00 per bottle


Currently not available for purchase.
CLOSURE
Cork

WINEMAKER
Stuart Bourne
COLOUR
Red
BOUQUET
Lifted floral perfume characters.
PALATE
Red Berries, Strawberries and Cherry with tones of earthy spice flavours.
GRAPE VARIETY
Grenache
GROWING REGION
Vine Vale, Barossa Valley
% ALCOHOL
15 %
RESIDUAL SUGAR
2.3g/L
ACIDITY
6.65g/L
pH
3.57
MATURATION
18 Months New & Seasoned French Oak Barrels.
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Tasting Notes

This wine displays lifted floral perfume characters. On the palate red berry flavours of strawberry and cherry compliment tones of earthy spice flavours and leave a soft, rich and velvety finish.

Winemaking

The hand-picked grapes were destemmed, but not crushed, and spent seven days on their skins in an open fermenter with twice daily hand-plunging and pump over of the cap to gently extract colour, flavour and tannins. This was followed by careful basket pressing and malolactic fermetation in a combination of new and seasoned French oak barrels prior to eighteen months' maturation in our cellars.

In keeping with our non-interventionist winemaking style we have neither fined nor filtered this wine and as a result a pure deposit may form. Decanting is recommended. 

 

 

The Barossa is home to some of the world's oldest ungrafted Grenache vines and the grapes for this wine are from Wayne Ahrens' single vineyard in the renowned Vine Vale sub-region where his family has grown grapes for five generations. The low-yielding 'Centenarian' vines were planted more than a century ago around the time construction of The Château itself began.  

Reviews
93 Points

Score: 93 POINTS
Review by: James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2015
From the Ahrens Vineyard in the Vine Vale district; hand-picked and destemmed, then open-fermented, it is very pale in colour, not unusual with Barossa Grenache, no matter how old the vines. It was matured in new and used French oak for 18 months, and despite the light colour, has considerable length to its red fruits; the tannins are fine, and the oak does not intrude unduly. Bottle no. 1245 of 2640.

GOLD Medal

Score: GOLD Medal
Review by: Berlin Wine Trophy 2014

GOLD Medal

Score: GOLD Medal
Review by: Mundus VINI 2014

95 Points

Score: 95 Points
Review by: Huon Hooke, huonhooke.com
Medium to full red colour with a purple tinge. The bouquet is spicy, edgy and chocolaty, with a raspberry fruit note and lots of earthy and mineral touches...Decadently rich and lushly sweet. Delicious. It carries its alcohol well. Drinking 2015-2027

94 Points

Score: 94 Points
Review by: Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
100 year old vines... in Vine Vale. Cherry, floral notes, brown spice, low oak input – hooray! Medium bodied, shapely and firm, bright acidity and grippy coarse grain tannin – not sweet but has flesh and substance. Tails off a little on the finish perhaps, but clean in the aftertaste, and inviting too. Barossa Pinot for sure. Excellent. Beautifully made.  Needs a little more time. Jan 2014

 

$120.00 per bottle


Currently not available for purchase.
CLOSURE
Cork

WINEMAKER
Stuart Bourne
COLOUR
Red
BOUQUET
Lifted floral perfume characters.
PALATE
Red Berries, Strawberries and Cherry with tones of earthy spice flavours.
GRAPE VARIETY
Grenache
GROWING REGION
Vine Vale, Barossa Valley
% ALCOHOL
15 %
RESIDUAL SUGAR
2.3g/L
ACIDITY
6.65g/L
pH
3.57
MATURATION
18 Months New & Seasoned French Oak Barrels.
HI-RES PHOTO
Click here to download.

 

 

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