Current Vintage: 2020
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Celebrating the legacy of Barossa Valley Grenache, Pete Schell sources this wine from three dry-grown, old-vine parcels: one in the extreme west at Moppa (55 years old); one in northern Barossa at Ebenezer (90 years old); and one in Bethany in the east (85 years old). The winemaking was very much in the traditional Spinifex mould: slow, natural fermentations with gentle pump-overs and foot-stomping.
It pours into the glass a gorgeous crimson red and tastes as good as it looks. Evocatively aromatic, freshly crushed raspberries, spice and black peppercorn waft out the glass and lead to a delicious, vibrantly fruited palate. There's a pinch of gently chewy tannins and great, refreshing acidity. How it is possible to produce a wine of this class, at this price, from vines of this age is beyond us... Pete?
Home to some of the oldest grapevines on planet Earth, the Barossa Valley is perhaps Australia's most renowned wine region. In 1842, German settlers planted vines and the rest is history!
On the red wine front, it's all about the big reds like Cabernet and Shiraz here - with full bodied Barossa Shiraz being sought out around the world. It is rich, muscular, and super sexy - Aussie 'ocker with distinctive finesse.
But the Barossa isn't a one trick pony. In a salute to the region's rich German heritage, the Eden Valley (which falls within the broader region) produces some of Australia's finest rieslings - crisp, fresh, but still balanced.