2015 Stonegarden 1858 Grenache
Springton, Eden Valley Grenache 97%, Mataro 2%, Shiraz 1%
The Stonegarden Grenache 1858 is from one of the oldest vineyards in Australia dating back to 1858. From 1858 to 1962 the winery and vineyard was established by David Randall 3.3km East of the township of Springton. The winery is now heritage listed and still has 6 of the original fortified vats of some 20,000L sitting in the cavity of the saw tooth roof. The vineyard lies at 390m above sea level in a rain shadow avoiding many of the late season rain events allowing the fruit to ripen late into Autumn. Grocke Viticulture manages the vineyard which has been farmed organically with no herbicides, pesticides or synthetic fertilisers or synthetic fungicides applied. The Grenache is from the original 1858 bush-vine planting with a total area of 8.5Ha planted at 2.4m x 2.4m vine spacing. The vines yielded a low 1.55t/Ac in the 2015 vintage. While predominantly Grenache the block also contains Mataro, Shiraz and Malbec. Stonegarden is truly one of the great old vineyards in Australia. All the fruit was handpicked and hand sorted prior to wild yeast fermentation. After 19 months the wine was gently hand racked from barrel with no fining or filtration before bottling. The wine is remarkably powerful and complex yet distinctly Grenache.