We’ve shamelessly jumped on the Grenache bandwagon.  We’ve always liked this Rhone varietal and have planted 1-hectare (2.47 acres) on our Clare Valley property. 

Tasting notes:

2019 Grenache

In 2019 we contracted our grenache focus to the Clare Valley.  Blending two parcels from the van Dulken vineyard, in Armagh, with several rows from Churinga, in the Watervale sub region.

The drought conditions experienced in the 2019 season has resulted in a wine of intense flavour and colour.  We hand harvested 1.5 tonnes in two separate parcels in the morning of 27 February and fermented it in two open top vats with 50% whole bunch.  .

Harvest: 27 February  (hand picked)
Average bunch weight: 105 grams
Baumé: 13.5o
Goes with: Goes with: lamb, venison, chicken, pork and vegetarian dishes.

2017 Grenache

The Bourke & Travers Grenache comes from 48-year-old dry grown bush vines on Schuller Road, in the high sands of Blewitt Springs in McLaren Vale.  The block is farmed using lutte raisonnée (supervised control, or near-organic) methods with no systemic herbicides and minimal interventions.  We hand harvested a small 1.1 tonne parcel on 31 March and fermented it in a small open top vat with 40% whole bunch.  The wine went through its secondary fermentation in old French hogsheads and was held on oak for eight months.

This is a particularly delicious addition.  A textural and vibrant young wine, picked early in a late season.

Harvest: 31 March (hand picked)
Average bunch weight: 85.6 grams
Baumé: 13.5o
pH: 3.64
T/a: 5.18
Bottled: 23 February 2018.
Alcohol: 13.6% v/v
Cellar: Until 2030 when cellared well
Goes with: Goes with: lamb, venison, chicken, pork and vegetarian dishes.