2019 Atlas Wines Grenache

A juicy Clare Valley Grenache with excellent power and length.

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Old bush-vine Grenache is something that South Australia is truly blessed to have in abundance. This wine cracking example from Atlas comes oof 80 year-old vines, out of Leasingham in the southern Clare Valley.

Medium weight with fantastic aromatics and flavour profile, dominated by bright red berries, purple florals, alongside some sweet baking spices, and of course the classic regional minty thing that defines Clare Valley reds.

Nice and high-toned here, with that sweet fruit character that Grenache does so well, though balanced out by a savoury dryness.

Our preference for this wine was to maintain whole berries in the fermentation (to enhance aromaticity). The fruit wasn't crushed, but gently de-stemmed into small one- and two-tonne open fermenters with 10% whole bunches included for structure and complexity. Wild fermentation was used with gentle pigeage only, before basket pressing into seasoned oak hogsheads, where the wine matured for 6 months prior to racking and bottling without filtration.

92 Points - "Medium to full red/purple colour and a savoury, earthy and boiled-lolly bouquet that shows a little early development. Peppery high-toned aromatics also. The palate is medium-bodied at most, elegant, subtle and peppery, with a fruit-sweet centre. Very appealing." Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

90 Points - "Spicy poached strawberry with a mint, orange peel and dried herbs. Medium-bodied, all red fruits and peel and herb, cinnamon spice, crisp and frisky, but certainly on the minty/herbal side of things. Almost like an alpine Nebbiolo in some respects, though sweeter fruited." Gary Walsh (Wine Front)

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