2012 Cirillo 1850 Old Vine Grenache

Nuriootpa, Barossa Valley, SA

The world's oldest Grenache vines in top form from 2012.


It's a wonderful vineyard. It's not good because it's old, it's so old because it's just so good.  These wines just eek out amazing fruit no matter what the year throws at them.

Marco Cirillo, Owner/Winemaker

About the Wine

This ancient Grenache block is one of the viticultural gems of Australia. Gnarled old bush vines planted in 1850, and arguably the oldest continuously producing Grenache vines in the world. The things they've seen from their low, sandy vantage point. It boggles the mind.

The 2012 has been a long anticipated release. Marco Cirillo says he learnt plenty about picking the 2011 (cooler) vintage of this wine. He learnt he could pick a little earlier, look for more freshness, and still keep the weight and power that comes from 160+ year old vines.

It's a special wine, no doubt about it. A rarity in all the world to have a wine made from vines this old. A great year for this great site and Marco in career best form. It's a winning combination.

About Cirillo Estate

Marco Cirillo is Barossan to the core. His family lays claim to the world’s oldest continuously functioning Grenache vines, the most ancient of them dating back to 1850. This is an incredible achievement from the Cirillos and those vignerons who have tended to these vines for over 160 years.

Marco's range of wines made primarily from Grenache and Shiraz scream quality at every level, with old vine concentration paired with modern brightness of fruit.  Considering the incredible history in every bottle, they provide incredible value for the money also - the Vincent Grenache is one of the best $20ish wines in the country. One of our favourite Barossa producers.

Marco and Vincent Cirillo, tending to their beautiful old Grenache vines
Marco and Vincent Cirillo, tending to their beautiful old Grenache vines
Nuriootpa, Barossa Valley, SA
Additional Info

From The Producer

Blend : Grenache (100%)
ABV : 14%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2032
Bottle Size : 750ml

Winemaker Marco Cirillo
Winemaker Marco Cirillo
Nuriootpa, Barossa Valley, SA
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

Sweet red berries mingled with smoke and game. Some toasty oak adds framing but it's the radiant fruit that sits so bright in the glass. A flourish to close with blooming peacock tail finish. Power and finesse in equal portion. Great wine. Big future ahead. - Different Drop Wine Team

The Wine Front

"An anticipated wine for me, generally. And love the old school winemaking approach. Savoury scented, game meat, red berries, currants, pepper, herbal notes, paprika spice. Incredible volume of perfume. Concentrated flavours but gentle in the palate, fine, long in flavour, precision and yet a suppleness. It’s very elegant, very fresh, ripples with silty tannins. Superb wine." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)


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