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McLaren Vale Grenache is a beautiful thing, and wines like this need to be shared and celebrated.
Hither & Yon is one of those up-and-coming Vale producers that have secretly been around forever, growing high-quality fruit for others to take advantage of. So good to see them, and many others, going out on their own and paving their own path. Cudos.
Anyways, this is a Grenache Mataro blend, designed very much in that bright-fruited, early drinking style. Higher natural acidity in V15 only makes this wine better as far as I’‘m concerned - it just jumps out of the glass with charm and energy.
90 points from Gary Walsh who pointed out how it’s “Nice to see a McLaren Vale wine that so bright and ‘food friendly’.” Couldn’t agree more, I could drink this for days.
Hats off Hither & Yon, this is another home run!
What It Tastes Like
“herb perfume. Medium bodied, crunchy and fresh, red fruits, light sandy tannin, more red fruits on the finish. Almost a ‘volcanic rock’ kind of thing going on. Nice to see a McLaren Vale wine that so bright and ‘food friendly’.” - Gary Walsh
92 points & special value star. “60% grenache, 40% mataro. Still somewhat callow, with a touch of reduction showing. Behind that the aromas and flavours are both savoury and sweet-fruited with raspberry, chocolate, and mulchy notes in the mix. Well-integrated tannin and acid keeps things fresh and in order.”
- James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
90 points. “60% Grenache and 40% Mataro. I see these wines come in, look at them, taste them, and think “Gee, these guys are doing things just right!”
Good stuff. It’s crisp and perky, almost Italianate. Raspberry rope, strawberry, dried herb perfume. Medium bodied, crunchy and fresh, red fruits, light sandy tannin, more red fruits on the finish. Almost a ‘volcanic rock’ kind of thing going on. Nice to see a McLaren Vale wine that so bright and ‘food friendly’.”
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
Place: Corner of Hunt and Sand Road, McLaren Vale. Growers Margaret Leask, Richard and Malcolm Leask. Grenache (60% of wine) was established in 1960, own rootstock, Heritage clone. It is hand spur pruned, two wire vertical, single cordon. Next to the Grenache is the Mataro (40% of wine) established in 2008, Petit Verdot rootstock, G7V1 clone. Geology is Christies Beach Formation, alluvial fan of sand, clay and gravel. The soil here is reddish brown loam with some iron sandstone deposits from the nearby slopes and creek.
Viticulture: The fast 2015 vintage was heavily influenced by the Spring of 2014, where we had early and rapid flowering. It was basically warm and dry after that—fortunately some heavy rains came towards the end of January; which freshened the vines back up again, while our cool breezy evenings in McLaren Vale kept the canopies nice and dry, and the fruit clean. Intense heat in February followed bringing on an early start to vintage and it did not abate, finishing 1 month earlier for us than last year, well before Easter. We think vintages like this highlight the health of our vineyards, and the ability to produce excellent quality fruit in very tough conditions. Generally the wines we made had higher acidity than normal, lighter in fruit richness, with lovely lifted floral and natural tannins to match. We are already seeing the benefit of brave picking decisions— the wines are drinking well early in their normal life cycle.
Winemaking: The fruit was hand picked and delivered to the winery on February 25 (Grenache) and March 12 (Mataro). It was then gently de-stemmed and cold crushed to 2 tonne open top fermenters, the varieties in separate batches. We aimed to retain at least 50% of whole berries, then gently warmed to ferment over 2 days. Once fermentation had commenced the must was gently pumped over 4 times every 24 hours. During ferment the must was kept between 22-26 degrees. Primary fermentation took place for 8 to 10 days. Once the wines were dry, they were pressed to tank where the free run juice and pressings were combined. The Mataro was then transferred to 3 to 4 year old French oak where it underwent malolactic fermentation. The Grenache underwent the same process but in 5 to 6 year old French. After 6 months in Oak, we transferred both wines then co-blended in stainless, leaving for a period of 10 weeks. We believe this has harmoniously integrated the varieties so it is ready for youthful drinking soon after bottling. The wine was bottled at night following a micro screen filtration, on November 6 2015. This wine is sealed under Stelvin screwcap.
Colour: Brilliant purple, magenta hue.
Aroma: Raspberry, red rose petal perfume, forest floor.
Palate: Summer berry fruits, velvet mouth feel with silky tannins. Raspberry chocolate bullets, zesty acidity, mouth watering and clean to finish.
Food Match: Vegetarian rigatoni pasta with mushrooms, kale, basil, parmesan. Or our favourite, Veal Parmigiana with a crunchy leaf salad.
Cellaring: Very drinkable on release, will be interesting to see it develop for 3–5 years.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
Hither & Yon
Hither & Yon is one of the most exciting new producers we’ve come across. Owned by brothers Richard and Malcolm Leaske and based in McLaren Vale, Hither & Yon crafts a unique range of wines from varying sites within McLaren Vale each year. The philosophy being to ideally match variety, vineyard and vintage and then minimally intervene with the wines to allow them to truly express themselves.
The South Australian region of McLaren Vale is famous for its powerful red wines. Shiraz and Grenache have thrived for years in the Vale’s sandy soils. Nowadays, the region’s varietal diversity has majorly increased, the coastal location and warm climate proving perfect for a new wave of varieties from Italy, Spain and Portugal. The success of varieties such as Nero d’Avola, Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional, and Fiano has transformed McLaren Vale into one of the country’s most vibrant wine scenes. It’s where tradition meets innovation and it is producing some of the Australia’s finest wines.
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