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2017 Frederick Stevenson Vine Vale Grenache

Barossa Valley, SA

Fine-boned, energetic & ethereal Grenache from the Vine Vale sub-region of the Barossa.

$32.00

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Here’s a young winemaker who’s hitting high notes.

Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

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.

This is not your average, run of the mill Barossa Grenache, this is a little sexed up and more than a little funky. The fruit is from a biodynamic vineyard in the Barossa sporting some gnarly old vines, lo-fi hands off winemaking, whole bunches, a mashup of separate ferments.

No frills but plenty of thrills. The 2017 wine looks excellent. With 92 points from Mike Bennie, and with only 100 cases produced is a must try for the more adventurous Barossa Valley and/or Grenache fan.

Winemaker Steve Crawford
Winemaker Steve Crawford
Barossa Valley, SA
Reviews

Critic Reviews

92Points
The Wine Front

"Sweet earth, briary, red berries/cherries, pomegranate make for a comely perfume. Refreshing in the palate, a joyous kind of grenache feel, dark fruited, a touch of jubey character, a good smudge of earthy tannins to close. Does a good job of feeling unadorned and high in drinkability, with just a touch of svelte, sleek classiness. Nicely done." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Additional Info

From The Producer

66% 80-130 Year Old Grenache Vines (2/3) from the Ahrens's Vine Vale property - Cert. Biodyncamically farmed - Sand over podzolic clay.

33% 20 Year old bush vines form Rowland flat, mixture of loam and clay - giving a little more fruit weight and fuller nose than the Vine Vale vineyard.

Some bunches, some extended fermentations, some short, old barrels, sulfured just before bottling.

Artwork by Genevieve Dawson Scott.

Blend : Grenache (100%)
Closure : DIAM Cork
Drink Until : 2024
Bottle Size : 750ml
Production : 1200 Bottles

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