This vintage we were fortunate enough to access some Grenache from the Arrawatta vineyard. Grenache has an interesting place in the Australian wine story as it has been around from the very start but has only really been given the attention it deserves in the past 15 years. In the past, it was used to make fortfieds or simply blended away with other varietals such as Shiraz but in recent times, winemakers have focused squarely on the variety and reaped the rewards.
As the Grampians is a cooler climate, we make our Grenache in a different style to other warmer growing regions. This is all about delivering bright fruit and fresh acidity.
REGION: Grampians, Victoria
VINEYARD: Arrawatta Vineyard
GROWING SEASON: After a couple of challenging low yielding years, the 2021 growing season really turned it on. Good winter rains followed by a stable flowering period drastically improved the yields in the vineyard. It was a cooler summer that allowed maximum flavour development.
WINEMAKING: Picked on the 28th of April, 100% destemmed with a good compotent of whole berry, gentle handling with a couple of pumpovers a day. A couple of months in stainless steel tanks to retain freshness.
FOOD MATCH: The middle bodied profile of the wine makes it a very versatile food match. Think Tempura, braised chicken or even an Indian curry.