2018 L.A.S. Vino Grenache
Strikingly beautiful at 400m above sea level, the vineyard sits on a steep north facing slope in the middle of the Ferguson Valley. Bush vines sprawl across the bare land and remain unirrigated, with fruit sitting just above the ground.
Due to the elevation and high winds the vineyard needs minimal sprays and there are no herbicides or pesticides used. Throughout the vineyard large granite rocks punctuate the gravelly loam top soil. There isn’t a vineyard we have seen that is anything like this and the resulting wine expression of that.
Hand-picked, we place the individual whole bunches of Grenache into a small fermenter and fill to the top with whole berries. This gives time for a natural fermentation to occur within the berry itself giving complexity and enhanced aroma. The berries and bunches are fermented cold and treated gently, with minimal handling in the cellar. The wine is gently pressed and matured in a combination of barrique and clay for 10 months prior to naturally settling in tank and bottling with no fining or filtration.
This totally modern style of Aussie grenache is medium-light red- purple coloured, with foresty, earty, root vegetable aromas that point to whole bunch fermentation. Medium-bodied, the fruit is centre stage but it's not 'fruity'. It's more interesting than that.
Bright, raspberry red colour, translucent. Bunchy and bright aromatics of red fruits, rhubarb and cranberries - sapid. Juicy and supple, pinot-esque. It's pretty and perfumed and sinewed. Re-defining style.