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The Cirillo Vincent Grenache lays claim year after year to be one of the country’s best value Grenache, and the 2016 is no exception.
Marco Cirillo’s family lays claim to the world’s oldest Grenache vines, the most ancient of them dating back to 1850. The Vincent is the baby of the bunch made from a blend of 80, 90 and 100-year-old vine material.
Vincent is a charismatic character, just like his maker. It bucks the trend of big, sweet, oaky Barossa Grenache and sits firmly in the bright, cheery and gluggable camp. A portion of whole bunches give it a lifted perfume and silky texture, while the use of older French oak and stainless steel ensure this is a lot brighter and bouncier than many of its Barossa counterparts.
What It Tastes Like
Redcurrants, raspberries dipped in cream, it’s a riot of flavour. The ‘16 is a little fuller figured than its predecessor. Spiced red licorice and musk lollies make appearances in the palate but it remains dry with a gently tannic through the finish. Good stuff.
96 points. “A concentrated and deeply flavorsome Grenache from the sandy Vine Vale soils, this has attractive spicy red and purple berry fruits with some gently stony, almost flinty edges and hints of wild roasting herbs. The palate’s beautifully fresh and lithe, really nicely honed in terms of tannin, and vibrant and succulent. Red-plum and dark-cherry flavors snap fresh through the finish. Superb wine. Drink now and for 10+ years.”
- Nick Stock (JamesSuckling.com)
Partial whole bunch. Mostly old oak.
Picked from 80+ year old Grenache vines grown in the Barossa Valley.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2022
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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