Grouch 2017

$80.00

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

Select bunches of Syrah were sourced from our west facing block and co-fermented with Marsanne (6%) from the Rhône block. The Marsanne was crushed and its stalks retained before the Syrah was destemmed and crushed right on top. The wine was inoculated with cultured yeast and fermentation took place in small open top fermenters. Once fermentation was complete, the must was pressed off and the wine transferred to the cellar for 20 months’ maturation in neutral French oak barriques. After two rackings, the wine was bottled without fining or filtration. 

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