'The OCTOgenarian' Grenache 2018
For decades we and our neighbours tended to our frugal Grenache vines on sandy soils at Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale. Commonly referred to as 80 year old vines, or “Perpetual Octogenarians”, their pedigree of quality became more evident over the decades. When the opportunity arose to become the next custodians of more of these meagre cropping, gnarly vines, the Collett family embraced them in 1988. We nurture these rarely respected Octogenarians and enjoy their lasting characters. Long live OCTO!
Grapes were traditionally fermented on skins and pumped over twice daily before being gently pressed on the 6th day of fermentation. To retain and enhance the juicy varietal character of Grenache, both free run and pressings were combined into a combination of stainless steel tanks and seasoned oak vessels for maturation.
Below average 2017 Spring rainfall combined with a warm/hot and dry Summer led to low yields of exceptional quality fruit in the 2018 vintage. Favourable ripening conditions through February and March 2018 allowed the Grenache berries to form good tannin structure as well as fleshy ripe Grenache fruit character. Intense varietal red fruit notes include cherry and raspberry. The palate is broader and richer than that of the lean 2017 vintage, allowing it to be more readily drunk in its youth. Some white pepper spice and light tannin bring structure and finesse to this drinkable style of Grenache.
Cellar for up to 8 years.
Enjoy with a selection of Spanish tapas, or crispy skin pork belly next to a roast pear and rocket salad.
Region: McLaren Vale, Australia
Bottle Size: 750ml