2015 Schwarz "Thiele Road Block" Grenache Barossa South Australia (Previously $25)

SKU #1333466 92 points James Halliday

 From vines planted '41, wild yeast open-fermented, 20% whole bunches, gentle pumpovers, foot-stomped near the end of fermentation, 25 days on skins, matured in used French oak and a small tank, blended February '16, remaining in tank until bottled Dec '16. Very light colour; fresh, savoury, spicy notes rather than confection is a relief; red fruits on the finish.  (8/2017)

K&L Notes

From a block planted in 1941. Open fermented (wild), most of it destemmed but 15% included as whole bunches. Extended maceration by virtue of the fact that the ferment was unhurried. All into French oak thereafter. This is such a bright wine. So lively. It tastes of cherries, oranges, dry spices and undergrowth, the flow and flavour all working quite beautifully. It’s a mouth-watering red. It has savoury complexity, but it’s really about juicy fruit. It’s the kind of wine you just want to hook into.


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Varietal:

Grenache

- Fat, ripe and rich with ample fruit and vibrant acidity, wines made from Grenache are easy to love. While its origins are still under dispute - some suggest Spain, where it is called Garnacha, while others say it came first from Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau - it is inarguably one of the most planted varietals in the world. A hearty grape, Grenache does well in hot, dry regions and its sturdy stalk also makes it well-suited to withstand blustery conditions like the Provençal Mistral. It ripens at relatively high sugar levels, which translates to higher potential alcohol in the wines it produces. Grenache may be most famous in the Southern Rhône areas such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas where it has long been an important component of delicious blends. But it's also the source of the crisp rosés from Tavel, Lirac and Provence, and age-worthy vins doux naturels like Rivsaltes and Banyuls. Grenache is also found in large swaths of northeastern Spain, in Navarre, in Rioja, where it plays a supporting role in blends with Tempranillo, and in the distinctive wines of Priorat. The grape was once the most widely planted varietal in Australia, though Shiraz and Cabernet have overtaken it. In California, Grenache plantings have dwindled from their heyday in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is starting to see a resurgence, albeit in smaller plantings, where other Rhône varietals thrive.
Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world.
Sub-Region:

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Barossa Valley

Alcohol Content (%): 14