Grouch 2017


Absolutely perfect ripening conditions allowed us to slowly, and very selectively, harvest our close-grown Syrah/Shiraz block over the course of almost 4 weeks. The Grouch 2017 represents grapes harvested in some of the later passes of the block and co-fermented with a portion of Marsanne. Grouch 2017 is certainly reminiscent of the great appellation of Hermitage: complex and structured, yet ultimately balanced and refined.

Tasting Notes

Colour: Purple

Aroma: Immediately leaps out of the glass, with red apples, graphite and modelling clay evolving to a highly floral jasmine tea.

Palate: There is a concentration and brooding intensity to the palate, but like Cabernet, delivered with an elegant watery, almost tea-like weight. Incredibly balanced even at such a young age. Jasmine tea, orange sherbet, dark chocolate, coffee and white pepper are all present. Phenomenal acidity will allow it to gracefully age for 10-15 years.

Closure: Diam

Technical Notes

The Syrah was sourced from close planted vines on our west slopping block which cropped at 2 tonnes to the acre. Following destemming a combination of crushed and whole-berry fermentations were employed in micro batches (0.5-0.8 tonne). This combination of ferments provided some bright fruit expression whilst imbuing rich, rounded textural feel. A small quantity of Viognier pressings (roughly 3%) were simultaneously introduced to the pots for added aromatic lift. Following fermentation with cultured yeast, the wine was transferred to the cellar for maturation in elegant French and Hungarian barrels, predominantly French and 30% new. The wine was matured for 18 months before bottled without fining or filtration.

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