2018 Get In My Belly Grenache
GRAPEGROWER & WINEMAKER
Grown on our Heysen Estate Vineyard using organic and biodynamic practices, our Grenache was planted in 2001 using the clone BVRC139. The west-facing slope has quite a bit of ironstone at the top of the hill, with deeper red clay and biscay soil towards the bottom, giving the fruit great complexity within the 2,359 vines.
Picked over two dates, the 14th and 19th of March 2018, with the latter being hand picked by the legends at Gondola Gondola, 2KW, Bistro Blackwood, Shobosho, Crafers Hotel and Stones Throw in Adelaide.
20% whole bunch was used to give this wine some crunch on the palate, and some spice and lift on the nose. The remainder of the fruit was gently destemmed out in the vineyard and fermented as whole berries to give a nice carbonic maceration juiciness to the wine. The wild ferment was foot stomped twice a day in old concrete fermenters for 12 days before gentle basket pressing. The wine was then aged in old French oak puncheons for 6 months before blending and bottling with no fining and no filtration.
2018 was a great year for Grenache, with warm, dry conditions throughout vintage allowing ripeness to be reached while still retaining great natural acidity. Deep ruby red in colour, with some nice dark broody aromas, this is one of my favourite vintages of this wine. The whole bunch component adds a nice smokiness to the wine, and gives an extra layer of tannin that helps bring it all together.
The palate is fresh and crisp with a layer of bright red fruits that draws the wine across the palate, makes you salivate and leaves you wanting more. The tannins are fine and elegant, and the acidity gives this wine a lot of precision on the palate.
Alc: 13.5% pH: 3.50 T.A.: 5.31 g/l
Ready to drink now or cellar for 5-7 years.
93 points- Gary Walsh, The Wine Front March 2019- “Redcurrant, raspberry, potpourri, reship and a little spice. Medium-bodied, red fruits and a pretty, but juicy flavour, sure-footed emery tannin, spice and peel, and a dry and satisfying finish. Beautifully made and great to drink. Drink: 2019-2024+”
93 points- Mike Bennie, Wine Business Magazine June 2019.