Grenache Mourvedre Shiraz Western Australia
It's no puzzling coincidence that the three noble grapes of Côtes du Rhône have endured as one of the wine world's most engaging, long lived accords. The plump, juicy sweetness of Grenache provides an amenable foil to the rustic tannins and pastoral earthiness of Mourvedre. Add a dash of peppery plum Shiraz and you have achieved a harmonious construct which drinks beautifully while fresh, beguiling and evocative after a term of bottle age.
Harvests of bush vine Grenache and Mourvedre are painstakingly picked by hand at optimal ripeness. Shiraz is vintaged slightly earlier in the season to capture and retain the fragrant spice of youthful berries. Batches are vinified in small open fermenters, Grenache and Shiraz are included with a measure of whole bunches to infuse aromatic lift. Ferments are hand plunged twice daily and pressed off quickly upon completion, transferred to a selection of well seasoned large format oak vats for an extended term of eighteen months maturation.