2023 Bulman Glen’s Vineyard Grenache Dry Red Wine

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Mark Bulman's debut Grenache from the ancient and treasured Stonegarden Vineyard in Eden Valley. 97 points. Campbell Mattinson.

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Winemaker Mark Bulman made his mark through his outstanding work at Turkey Flat, and being the first winemaker to win the coveted Jimmy Watson award with a varietal Grenache. Now with Bulman wines, he is seeking to stamp his own individual imprint on the Australian wine scene. The debut wines are coming out all guns blazing.

The Glen’s Vineyard Grenache is a distinguished wine from the historic Stonegarden Vineyard in Eden Valley. Established in 1857, this vineyard features thin loam over red-brown clay and sandstone with gold-bearing quartz veins, at an altitude of 390 meters. These ancient vines and deeply historic terroir are both captured beautifully in this wonderful filigree expression of Grenache.

The 2023 vintage was hand-picked on April 1, 2023 (no April Fools here!), with 12% whole bunches included. The winemaking process involved 28 days on skins, followed by 178 days in a sandstone amphora.It's lighter and more red-fruited than its McLaren Vale counterpart but no less impressive.

Glen Monaghan, who grew the Grenache, and Mark Bulman for meticulous winemaking, should both take a bow. They have created a wine that is both a testament to its heritage. It's remarkable to see such an energetic modern wine from vines planted over a hundred and fifty years ago. Kudos to all involved.

We can't wait to see what's next from Mark's solo exploits...

97 points
"This wine sets sail for eden, as a concept, and then returns to Eden, as its home. It throws characters of stone, concrete, redcurrant, blood orange, mint, rust, seaweed and assorted other shopping list items, but it’s the flamboyance of its scent, the long raking farmland of tannin, and the collection of blood-splattered stones that really set it in its place. Yes, I think it’s good.

I also think it’s a steal."
- Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

97 points
"Wild cherry, redcurrant, dusty white peppercorns, tamarind, orange peel, bitter herbs and a rugged mineral line rendered refined, evoking graphite, iron and struck rock, the drive of calmly resolute tannin sheathed elegantly with silky fruit, giving this an effortless feel, an engaging ease. That takes nothing away from the seriousness, though. It’s pinnacle Barossa grenache."
- Marcus ellis (Halliday Wine Companion)

Stonegarden Vineyard established in 1857.

Vineyard established in 1857. Thin loam over a substrate of red-brown clay covering sandstone with gold bearing quartz veins. Micaceous schist fragments scattered throughout. 390m Altitude. In the rain shadow of the Mount Lofty ranges on a plateau looking easterly over the Murray Mallee.

Glen Monaghan grew the Grenache for the 2023 Vintage.

2023 Glen’s Vineyard Grenache – Picked on 1/4/23. 12% whole bunch. 28 Days on skins pre-ferment, 8 day ferment, 36 days on skins post ferment. 178 days in a sandstone amphora.

Built by quarrying into the hill and using the extracted rocks to build its walls, the original Stonegarden Winery sits proudly on the vineyard to this day. One small segment of wall within the winery has not been rendered and remains exposed. Over the winter a damp creeps into the wall and a small garden of maidenhair fern grow from the rock, creating a ‘stone garden’. The label shows a silhouette of a maidenhair fern sitting within subtly embossed rocks from the stone wall.

97 points - "It can take a long time for the right person to walk into the right place, but when Mark Bulman, infused with the confidence of a Jimmy Watson grenache win, stepped onto the Stonegarten Vineyard with a mind to make a mark under his own name, various cogs in the universe shifted, and something important slipped into place. If Stonegarten was called Skywalker, I’d say that this vineyard has finally met its father, though in this case, I’ll settle for its maker. This is simply an exquisite wine. My first reaction, in all honesty, was that it’s completely different to anything I’ve seen previously from the Eden Valley. And yet, the longer I sat with it, the more Eden Valley it seemed. This wine sets sail for eden, as a concept, and then returns to Eden, as its home. It throws characters of stone, concrete, redcurrant, blood orange, mint, rust, seaweed and assorted other shopping list items, but it’s the flamboyance of its scent, the long raking farmland of tannin, and the collection of blood-splattered stones that really set it in its place. Yes, I think it’s good. I also think it’s a steal." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

97 points - "Wild cherry, redcurrant, dusty white peppercorns, tamarind, orange peel, bitter herbs and a rugged mineral line rendered refined, evoking graphite, iron and struck rock, the drive of calmly resolute tannin sheathed elegantly with silky fruit, giving this an effortless feel, an engaging ease. That takes nothing away from the seriousness, though. It’s pinnacle Barossa grenache." - Marcus Ellis (Halliday Wine Companion)

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