The Artisans of Barossa collective are one of the most progressive lot of winemakers when it comes to their regional expression of grenache – and winemaker Corey Ryan is about as passionate as it gets within that realm. Here he’s sourced this fruit from an almost 70-year-old vineyard in the Stockwell district north of the Barossa township of Nuriootpa, and been very true in his process to define how the variety and site tell their best story.
In short, it’s all hand-harvested fruit with 25% whole bunch included, hand plunged for just over two weeks and matured in seasoned larger barrels, all succeeding in showing off its spicy fragrance and a crimson cherry and plum fruit crush vibe. This all spills into the mouth with energy and palate excitement, yet never shies away from being its own rich and powerful design while retaining flesh and juice with an underlayer of fine, sandy tannins. Definitely plenty of interest at this richer end of the G-scale.
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