Grenache Barossa Eden South Australia
Often described as one of Australia's unsung heroes, Grenache is naturally lighter in colour than other reds but delivers generous wines with an immense palate. Yalumba is extremely fortunate to have amongst its growers a resource of very old, gnarly bush vines which produce low yields of concentrated fruit. A range of terroir and climes across the different sites, sandy soils, loam and clay, contributes to a palate with greater uniqueness and complexity. A memorable tasting experience unlike any to be found in the more popular Australian styles of wine.
Individual parcels are separately crushed into six tonnes static pumpover fermenters or eight tonnes open top steel vats, employing the Yalumba design cap plunger. Most parcels are completely destemmed, some batches are left with stems on to contribute complexity and texture. Wild indigenous yeasts present on grape skins initiate the ferments, this may happen within the first twelve hours or it may take up to three days, cultured yeasts are then added to ensure completion. Upon completion, select batches are treated to a term of up to three months on skins for maceration. Components are then filled to a selection of prior use French, American and Hungarian oak hogsheads for nine months.
Medium crimson red with purple hues. A generous and bright aroma with sweet jube-like plum fruits, lifted pot-pourri and lavender florals over a savoury, complex earthy background. Wrapped around a core of juicy red currant fruits, the palate combines layers of fleshy sweet flavours before a fine grained tannin finish. Smoothly balanced and eminently drinkable, medium weight but full on flavour. The perfect match with chargrilled pork.