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Some precious old blocks of ancient vine Grenache still remain after a government sponsored program to cull unproductive vineyards during the 1980s. Yielding excruciatingly small harvests of the most characterful fruit, these wizzened old veterans deliver small batch vintages which are evocative of the old world classics from Cotes du Rhone. The enduring Wirra Wirra were established 1894, their eclectic range belies the splendour of small parcels which are separately handled and bottled for exclusive release. The Absconder draws fruit from vines planted a century ago, it merits a breathing and decant, an articulation about the sublime excellence of old vine Australian Grenache... The compelling case for old vines grenache»
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St Hallett Gamekeepers Shiraz Grenache Touriga CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz Grenache Touriga Barossa South Australia
An inspiring varietal mix of Shiraz and Grenache with Touriga Nacional, the traditional vintage port grape. A suite of yeast strains, each suited to a different parcel of fruit, serves to highlight the fresh berry, floral, spicy, earthy aromas contributed by Touriga and Grenache, while the richness and pepper spice of Shiraz builds palate weight and structure. Completely unoaked, Gamekeeper embraces the spectrum of ripe and savoury Barossa fruit, delivering a wine which is so much greater than the sum of parts.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$275.00
Shiraz primarily from elevated well drained vineyard sites around the cooler southern and central sections of the Barossa. The Grenache from low vielding west and north western areas of Gomersal and Greenock where the vines truly struggle to survive, producing intensely flavoured low yielding crops. St Hallett have carried out extensive trial work to find yeast strains that suit this wine. The aim is to highlight the fresh berry, floral, spicy, earthy aromas contributed by the Grenache and Touriga, while the richness and pepper spice of the Shiraz builds palate weight and structure. Contact with yeast lees post ferment, gives the wine an appealing texture and earthiness, completely fruit driven.
Vibrant cherry red colour. Highly floral bouquets. A pot pourri of lively cherry and raspberry with a spicy rose petal-like infusion from the Touriga Nacional makes this a kaleidoscopic sensory experience. Old world European subtle savoury earthiness meets the new world vibrant fresh array of raspberry cherry fruits. Finishing with soft yet sanguine tannins, a very food friendly wine.
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