Only 2km east of our winery, the Grenache vineyard lies in the Vine Vale sub-region of the Barossa Valley.
Rich sandy red loam, vines running east-west and 280m elevation.
Awards & Reviews
2023 BAROSSA WINE SHOW
BEST GRENACHE THE VINPAC INTERNATIONAL & PROWINE TROPHY
BEST SINGLE VINEYARD WINE THE BURGE BAROSSA TROPHY
Viticulturist: Kevin Schild
We now talk of a ‘modern’ style of grenache, so as to redefine and separate the grape from its old self. This old vine grenache falls into that new category neatly. The modern style essentially brings the fruit forward and pushes back on the oak. Here, the fruit off old vines is allowed to sing: cherry, roasted plum, pepper, cherry nougat, raspberry bon bon and liquorice aromas. The grape’s natural confection notes are given a voice – just a little – working with red berried and dark fruits while a lively, persistent spiciness ensues. This spice-fuelled red wine just goes and goes led by juniper, clove, rosemary and red liquorice, running long through to the finish with a touch of savouriness for added interest.
95 points – Jeni Port
Planted on its own roots between 1920-1925 with the addition of 38% whole cluster. The wine matures for 10 months in new French oak puncheons. Black raspberry, blood plums and baked beetroot. Allspice, cardamom and black peppercorn. Richly concentrated on the nose, the wine then takes a sign of relief and opens like a flower on the palate. Juicy mulberry, rosemary leaf with silky tannins and a lovely sway to the fine line of acidity. Cassia bark, cedar and tanned leather, the oak spice is significant. Drink now and will also cellar for a further 6-8 years. Pair with a juicy steak sandwich.
92 points – Shanteh Wale
A vibrant and youthful purple in the glass. Really pretty and lifted aromas of dried flowers, blueberry, red cherry, graphite, anise and sweet spice. The palate has absolute drinkability and charm. Chock full of fleshy blue fruits, creamy oak, sweet spice and bramble. Textured tannins and lively acidity deliver shape and cut. Delicious! 25 AUG 2023 2023–2033
95/100 Aaron Brasher The Real Review
Grenache is commonly referred to as the work horse, but according to Susan Papps it is one of the reasons husband Michael is kindred with the varietal. Both quiet achievers that get things done in their own time – the story of Grenache is testament. Today in vogue, but for centuries living in the shadow of its Shiraz counterpart – acting as the body for their Côtes du Rhône Blend. Described as the “stability and calm” – Michael’s role in Yelland & Papps is not dissimilar. This wine is a class act of universal appeal thanks to its vibrant, confectionary nose – raspberry compote, macerated strawberries, cherry cola and red frogs. They continue to play out on the palate, welcoming dried blueberries and boysenberry to this rendezvous. Some aniseed to hold your interest and goji berry tannins that carry this on to the early hours.
95 points – Tijana Laganin
What sheer delight this is. A glorious ride through the pleasure zone, this Old Vine Grenache is a joyous expression of the variety
From Survivor vine planted in the 1920s, juicy red berries and blueberries hit the dance floor and tap their feet to the beat. Raspberry coulis, puffs of dusty road, sauteed mushrooms and a splash of hoisin add detail. Milk chocolate with satin sheet feels lead to a fine emery board tannin. It’s a wine with elegance yet there is a cheeky, rustic grin. Made with 38% whole bunches and seeing seasoned oak for ten months, this is a superb Grenache. Leap in now to embrace the freshness.
Drink to five years+ – Qwine
Medium crimson. Raspberry red cherry espresso aromas with liquorice notes.Richly flavoured, buoyant and supple with abundant red berry fruits, loose-knit textures, attractive mid-late viscosity and bright fresh acidity. Now – 2028
94 points The Vintage Journal Barossa Guide 2023. Andrew Caillard and Angus Hughson.
James Halliday Grenache Challange 2023