2021 Stonegarden 1858 Grenache, Springton, Eden Valley - 95% Grenache, 3% Mataro, 2% Shiraz
Stonegarden vineyard is one of the oldest vineyards in Australia dating back to 1858. Purchasing the land in 1856, David Randall established the vineyard and winery from 1858 at a location 3.3km East of the township of Springton. 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 395m above sea level in a rain shadow allowing the site to ripen fruit late into Autumn. 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. While predominantly Grenache the block also contains some Mataro and Shiraz. soils are comprised of granitic rock and sand with quartz seams and some mica laden clay. All the fruit is handpicked and hand sorted prior to fermentation and aged in French oak hogsheads.
Tasting Notes: Cherry-cola, chinotto, musk with rose water high tones. Red liquorice, dark spices sit alongside fine chalky tannin with flowing pomegranate like natural acidity. Retro nasal rose water and geranium perfume lift along with subtle provincial herbs. Tight, chiselled yet energetic red fruited core that has drive and poise in its flowing profile.
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