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Steve Crawford works with some great old-vine vineyards across the Barossa Valley.
The BV Hongell Grenache comes from a vineyard just to the south of the historic Barossa sub-region of Tanunda. It was made with 40% whole bunches and zero new oak. Steve looks to capture the personality of each vineyard he works from, here he’s done a top notch job.
It’s Barossa Grenache with a different look. It’s light, crunchy, and wickedly drinkable. Grenache fans with a penchant for original expressions of the variety should get on this.
What It Tastes Like
“Sappy, bright, juicy, spicy, red currants and red berries, tangy fresh and pepper red of high freshness and vitality. Just drinks like a bloody charm, it does.” - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
92 points. “Sappy, bright, juicy, spicy, red currants and red berries, tangy fresh and pepper red of high freshness and vitality. Just drinks like a bloody charm, it does.”
- Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
2016 Grenache from the Hongell’s vineyard just south of Tanunda, on the Barossa Valley Way.
Old vines, Biscay Clay soils, 40% whole bunch ferments, old barrels and sulphured just prior to bottling.
Artwork by Lucy Bonnin
2,700 Bottles produced.
Closure: Diam Cork
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2022
About the Producer
The Frederick Stevenson project was started as a covert operation, an underground label from Steve Crawford who has a day job at a much bigger, fancy winery. The Vine Vale was his first experiment.
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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