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It's not really the done thing to talk about 'old vine Rosé' but it's hard not to with this wine. This Grenache Rosé is picked from some of the oldest Grenache vines on the planet. Planted in 1850, these gnarly old vines are Marco Cirillo's pride and joy. The Rosé is made by bleeding off a little of the juice from the precious premium Grenache fruit these vines produce. Full in colour and full in flavour, this is not the pale, shy style of Rosé which has become so ubiquitous. It's full throttle Rosé and it's proud of it.
What it Tastes Like
Rockets out of the glass with smells of redcurrant, raspberry cream, and boiled blackcurrant lollies. It's bone dry, round and full bodied in style. Packs a punch and delivers full fruit flavour with trimmings of spiced tannin to close. Fun. Energetic. Boisterous. Good value.
91 points. "This is from a section of the 1848-planted Grenache that is picked as a dedicated source of supply for this wine. It’s a Rosato that sits on skins for 5 days and is then pressed off for a cool-tank ferment. In our family hometown, they like to drink red wines, so I describe it as a red drinkers rose. It handles a chill, yet still has structure and power, says Marco. It sits in a bright light red format and is bold and full of character and flavor and wrestled into dryness. The nose has wild red-berry-fruit aromas with a distinct wild-strawberry and raspberry edge, while the palate packs a contained, punchy, dry red-berry hit. Drink now." - Nick Stock (JamesSuckling.com)
Picked from 150+ year old Grenache vines in the Barossa Valley. Made in the Saignee method.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2018
About the Producer
Marco Cirillo is Barossan to the core. His family lays claim to the world’s oldest Grenache vines, the most ancient of them dating back to 1850. His range of wines made primarily from Grenache and Shiraz scream quality at every level, with enormous value to match. Traditional Barossa through a modern lense.
The Barossa has a big reputation. Big in every sense of the word. Known for producing blockbusting examples of impenetrable old vine Shiraz and Grenache envied by much of the world, it is a region that should be celebrated as the region that first put Australian wine on the map. Now, with a new generation of winemakers reinventing the region, there’s more than just power in the Barossa’s bag of tricks. With a move toward picking earlier and pulling back on oak maturation, there’s a fresher, more subtle side to Barossa wine which offers plenty to the modern Australian wine lover.
Grenache is the great sleeping giant of Australian red wine. We are the custodians of the oldest producing Grenache vines in the world, some ancient vineyards planted as far back as the 1850’s. Modern Australian Grenache is a different beast to the wines of yesteryear, they are more youthful and vibrant, showing bright red fruit characters, silky tannins and a delicious array of spices. With the viticultural resources we have at our disposal in this country, Australia can be one of the world’s leading producers of this variety, making wines that easily rival the best of Europe.
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