2021 The Trott Vineyard Blewitt Springs Grenache
"Top shelf" - Gary Walsh, Wine Front - 95 Points
"This is a supple, concentrated and ductile wine. Very smart. A credit to the vineyard and the winemaking." - Erin Larkin, Robert Parker Wine Advocate - 94 Points
The wine has a bright lifted nose of red berries. This profile continues onto the palate where red raspberry is complimented with warm cinnamon spice, orange zest and cranberry. The wine finishes with a bright, juicy acidity and lingering fine grained tannins.
We experienced an almost textbook growing season over 2020/2021 with rainfall back at long term averages and mild weather over flowering which allowed for good fruit set leading to above average yields.
Over the ripening period we experienced cooler than normal weather leading to an extended time on vine to develop some great varietal characters with some power in the fruit whilst maintaining bright natural acidities. The tannin structure in the reds this vintage is a highlight.
A single vineyard Grenache sourced from Sue Trott’s vineyard in Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale. The Vineyard's dry grown bush vines were planted in 1952 and are grown on deep Maslin Sand over clay and ironstone. Vineyard is situated at 210m above sea level on an East facing slope.
Fruit was hand harvested, 10% whole bunch, remainder de-stemmed into stainless steel open fermenters. The ferment spent 10 days on skins, during which time it was gently plunged to ensure optimum extraction whilst maintaining the delicate aromatics. Wine was basket pressed off of skins before maturation and malolactic fermentation on lees to retain fruit purity and freshness.
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The Wine Front, Gary Walsh
"Dry grown bush vines planted in 1952.
Ripe raspberry, spice, blood orange, dried flowers. Medium-bodied, stony with a graphite sort of feel, deep fruit, all of them red, juicy cranberry acidity, a pleasing twist of amaro flavour, and a long finish, kind of savoury and meaty, but also with that depth and intensity of fresh berries. The carry of firm tannin as it closes is something of a highlight. Top shelf."
Robert Parker Wine Advocate, Erin Larkin
"The fruit for this 2021 100 Trott Vineyard Grenache Blewitt Springs is sourced from Sue Trott's low-yielding bush-vine vineyard in Blewitt Springs. Producers get all misty-eyed when they talk about this vineyard. The fruit speaks for itself, or for her, as the case may be. Here, the wine is leafy, concentrated, fresh and spicy, with layers of salty liquorice, blackberry, raspberry and black tea. In the mouth, oolong/orange blossom comes to the fore, with a plume of fine tannins that expand in the mouth over time. This is a supple, concentrated and ductile wine. Very smart. A credit to the vineyard and the winemaking."
Halliday Wine Companion, Ned Goodwin
“A stark contrast of terroir's nuances with the Smart site, this is pithy and firm of texture, like biting into hard-skinned, juicy berries. Tactile and pliant. Raspberry, poached and macerated in liqueur, orange peel and star anise. Floral and beautifully fitted, without any forfeit of savouriness. Long and al dente tannic of texture, there is loads to love here. Grenache of a high order and pedigree.”