2021 The Trott Vineyard Blewitt Springs Grenache
"Top shelf" - Gary Walsh, Wine Front - 95 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."
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.”