Grouch 2020


|Limited Release|

A sophisticated Rhône-style red, ‘Grouch’ is made with select parcels of Shiraz fruit from our west facing block. Ideal ripening conditions in 2020 allowed us to carefully and selectively hand-harvest our close-planted Shiraz vines over the course of several weeks. As a style of Shiraz, ‘Grouch’ represents grapes harvested in later passes of the block and co-fermented with a small amount of Marsanne. Reminiscent of the great appellation of Hermitage, Grouch is powerful, complex and elegantly structured, with a finely balanced palate and lingering finish.

Tasting Notes

Intensely coloured and perfumed wine with complex aromas of black fruit, liquorice and earthy minerality that translate seamlessly to the palate, which also shows notes of rose and violet. The wine is full-bodied, with concentrated fruit and fine, firm tannins. The finish is long notes of black fruit and savoury spice.

Technical Notes

Estate fruit comprised of select bunches of dry-grown, close-planted Shiraz sourced from our west-facing block and co-fermented with Marsanne from our ‘Rhône Block’. Fruit was handpicked; whole bunches of Marsanne (5%) were layered at the bottom of a single one-tonne stainless steel vat and covered with destemmed, whole berry Shiraz fruit. This single vat underwent a 5-day presoak with hand plunging to encourage wild fermentation. After fermentation, the wine was basket-pressed and transferred by gravity to barrel for maturation in a mix of French oak barriques (20% new) for 15 months. No fining or filtration.

Alcohol: 15.0%

Closure: Diam

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