2016 Cirillo 1850 Old Vine Rosato

Nuriootpa, Barossa Valley, SA

Red blooded Rosé from some of the oldest Grenache vines on Earth.


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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.

Marco Cirillo, Owner/Winemaker

About the Wine

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.

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

Critic Reviews


"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 (

The Wine Front

"The style has changed, shifted to lighter, dry red style, ‘ala Calabria’ and the home of the Cirillo family originally. Grenache here. Treated like a red wine for four days, then pressed and fermented dry. Imagine making rose with 168-year-old vines. And at $22. Ha. I guess they do it on the roof of Mt Etna too, though that stuff soars up to $100 a bottle. Strawberry scents, faint bread dough notes, some rose petal characters. Slippery texture, some sour-sweet cherry licks, has some heft, weight, but also great freshness. The colour says sweet but the wine is decidedly dry. Spice, powdery tannins, good flavour, restrained in a way. Good stuff." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Additional Info

From the Producer

Picked from 150+ year old Grenache vines in the Barossa Valley. Made in the Saignee method.

Blend : Grenache (100%)
ABV : 12.5%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2018
Bottle Size : 750ml

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

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