2023 Bulman Gary’s Vineyard Grenache Dry Red Wine

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The McLaren Vale rendition from Mark Bulman's debut duo of Grenache releases. 97 points Campbell Mattinson.

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After a long and decorated career at Barossa icon Turkey Flat, Mark Bulman has struck out on his own with a stunning new set of wines that have jumped straight to 'must-have' status for those following the rise of premium Australian Grenache.

The Gary’s Vineyard Grenache offers a deep, contemplative expression of Grenache from the esteemed Blewitt Springs subregion of McLaren Vale. Sourced from Gary Whaite's Springs Hill Vineyard, established in 1974 with Grenache plantings from 2007, this vineyard sits on a ridge above the Onkaparinga Gorge at 200 meters altitude. The unique terroir of ironstone conglomerate mixed with sand and gravel over mottled clay contributes to the wine’s distinctive dark and brooding profile. 

The 2023 vintage, hand-picked on March 23rd, includes 7% whole bunches. The winemaking process involves a 9-day ferment, followed by 71 days on skins post-fermentation, and 178 days ageing in a sandstone amphora. Mark's reasoning behind the ageing in Amphora is to preserve as much of the individual characteristics of this unique site as is humanly possible.

An extremely exciting debut for Mark's solo project. If you want to get in on the ground floor, this is going to one of the most interesting projects in South Australia to watch over the coming years.

97 points
"This wine. This wine. It didn’t have me at hello but, once I’d sat with it for a bit, I never wanted it to leave. This is an instant entrant into the top tier of Australian wine... It’s superbly long but then, it’s superb throughout."
- Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

97 points
"It’s a complex thing, with air unlocking layer after layer of detail... It’s finely tooled, decidedly and energetically tannic, but not wantonly so, rather they’re schooling, channelling tannins, resolute in direction, the fruit intensity knit within. It’s very fine indeed."
- Marcus Ellis (Halliday Wine Companion)

Springs Hill Vineyard established in 1974 with the Grenache planted in 2007.

Ironstone conglomerate mixed with sand and gravel over mottled orange yellow clay at various depths. Part of the North Maslin Sand formation. 200m Altitude. Sitting on a ridge above and benefitting from the orographic lift of McLaren Vale. Facing North on a gentle slope above the Onkaparinga Gorge. Dry grown.

Gary Whaite grew the Grenache for the 2023 Vintage.

2023 Gary’s Vineyard Grenache – Picked on 23/3/23. 7% Whole Bunch. 9 day ferment, 71 days on skins post ferment. 178 days in a sandstone amphora.

97 points - "This wine. This wine. It didn’t have me at hello but, once I’d sat with it for a bit, I never wanted it to leave. This is an instant entrant into the top tier of Australian wine. It’s tannic. It’s meaty. It’s like a pound of chestnuts set into coal, all sweet nuts and woodsmoke, forest berries and leaves. It presents as one complete whole. If you ever wanted an argument for grenache sans oak, this is the last one you’d ever need to hear. It makes the unplugged seem definitive. It does argue its case, it presents it. Tannin-wise it’s completely unafraid of upsetting anyone; it just does what it wants, and what it wants is both ribboned and imposing. It’s superbly long but then, it’s superb throughout." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

97 points - "It’s a complex thing, with air unlocking layer after layer of detail. Freshly crushed bay laurel, dried cranberry, pickled cherries, orange peel, fading rose petals, bitter red aperitivo and mountain herbs, rolling into dry-warmed spices – cassia, clove and pepper – pink peppercorn, goji and sumac. It’s finely tooled, decidedly and energetically tannic, but not wantonly so, rather they’re schooling, channelling tannins, resolute in direction, the fruit intensity knit within. It’s very fine indeed." - Marcus Ellis (Halliday Wine Companion)

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