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.
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.