Vines for the 2017 St Hallett Old Vine Grenache are reported to be around 60 yrs old, sourced from two dry-grown vineyard sites. A translucent, bright cherry red in color this still visually beams with youthful vigor. The nose is all about lifted, perfumed red fruits, strawberry and cherry, touched up with notions of white pepper flakes. Medium bodied, this has a round, supple mouth feel with sleek tannins and loaded with bright juicy red fruit flavors that mirror the nose. A touch of warmth on the back end brings this to a nice conclusion.
The 2017 vintage was about four weeks later than the previous five harvests. Mild temperatures through summer provided a slow and steady ramp up to vintage. March was warm, dry and ideal for ripening. Early April brought cooler than average temperatures with cool nights. These conditions proved ideal for Grenache resulting in exceptional varietal characters while retaining natural acidity and aromatics.
Sourced from two vineyards, these Grenache vines are old and low yielding. It is essential to hand-pick to protect the old vines. The vineyards are dry-grown and low yielding which produce grapes with great flavour, depth and intensity.
Vibrant fresh cherry and raspberries mingle with lavender, black pepper, graphite, and earth.
Opening with flavors of bright cherry and fresh raspberry, it is fresh and vibrant. Delicate flavors of spice and white pepper mingle with zesty, tart cherries and strawberries on the mid-palate. Graceful and intricate with soft fine tannins, the flavors build across the palate finishing with clarity and precision.