2020 The Story Grenache

Grampians, Vic

Bright, aromatic, and full of electric juicy fun vibes, get on the Grampians Grenache train...


Beautifully structured and tight.

Campbell Mattinson (Wine Front)

About This Wine

What’s the Story Rory (never gets old)? Pushing boundaries is the headline with this wine, forcing a Shiraz dominant region into taking its southern Rhone cousin a bit more seriously.

Grampians Grenache may be a newish addition to the Aussie wine scene, but winemaker Rory Lane has a firm belief in the quality of fruit coming out of the region, and this wine is a fantastic example of what is possible. Floral, and very bright, the aromatics and flavour profile on this wine scream red fruits, pink flowers, and oodles of depth.

Light in body, yet big in personality, this wine imbues all the wonderful character of Grenache that we have grown to cherish.

About The Story

Established in 2004, The Story Wines is a boutique winery based in the suburbs of Melbourne, making wines from the Grampians and a collection of Victorian regions.

Rory Lane started making wine with no family background in the industry, and a questionably vocational degree in ancient Greek tragedy, comparative literature and politics. In wine he finally discovered the sciences, and found he actually enjoyed it! Since 2004 he has focused his energy on the Grampians and coaxing new expressions of the Rhône varieties from the Shiraz-dominant region.

Their unconventional origins are echoed in our production - our winery is located in the city suburbs rather than the rolling hills of wine country. Their winemaking emphasises acidity and freshness, attempting to achieve moderate alcohol levels and bright aromas. Once the grapes arrive at the winery, they are gently destemmed (or not) and moved by gravity to small open fermenters where they ferment with ambient yeasts and as few additions as possible. Many have no additions other than sulphur dioxide, and the reds are typically bottled without any fining or filtration. Simple, hands-off winemaking.

Winemaker Rory Lane
Winemaker Rory Lane
Bangholme, VIC
Additional Info

From The Producer

Only the third release from these young vines at the Arrawatta Vineyard south of Great Western. A coolish and very low yielding year produced a light to medium bodied Grenache with excellent tension and crisp cranberry fruits. The natural ferments, large format old oak and zero movements of the wine up to bottling has preserved every ounce of flavour, aroma and complexity possible. It is a riot of florals, spices and crushed herbs, and will delight right from release.

Blend : Grenache (100%)
ABV : 14%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2027
Bottle Size : 750ml

Rory in the vineyard
Rory in the vineyard
Grampians, VIC
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Upfront it comes across as fragrant and easy-to-like but there’s more to it than that. It’s beautifully structured and tight with both acidity and tannin, which works handsomely with the pretty, juicy fruit on offer. Herb and twig notes play roles too; it’s light but insistent, less and more at once. Grenache has found a new home in the Grampians and all indications are that it’s loving life there." Campbell Mattinson (Wine Front)

Halliday Wine Companion

"Sourced off the Arawatta vineyard , destemmed, natural ferment on skins, maturation in 1000L old oak vars and old 500L puncheons for 7 months. Grenache in the Grampians is pet project for winemaker, Rory Lane, who sees a great future for the grape. Look at that colour, a bright, electric cherry red! The scent is no less bright and perky with cherry bon-bon, musky florals, spice, raspberry and red cherry. It all rolls easily off the tongue." Jeni Port (Halliday Wine Companion)

The Real Review

"Bright ruby red in the glass. Black cherry, anise, and bay leaf aromas. The palate flows with a silky touch, notes of black cherry, fresh liquorice and bay leaf all sit up and fill the senses. Tannins are a fine guiding hand to a long finish that lingers with a black stone minerality that intrigues." - Stuart Knox (The Real Review)


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