Most wax poetically about the ‘Pinosity’ of Grenache. Rarely do wines deliver, but Louis simply nails this one in the light, crunchy expression of Grenache. It comes from Blewitt springs, between McLaren Flat and Clarendon, in the middle of the rolling hills of McLaren Vale. This area is home to a diverse array of soil types, but is most famous for its ancient sand dunes where Grenache with vine age makes stunningly perfumed, pretty and intriguing wine.
The fruit was hand-harvested from a 65+-year-old block and fermented almost entirely whole-bunch in small, open-top plastic fermenters. Fermentation was carried out without any manipulation and after about 5-6 days Louis did a bit of manual hand plunging to break up the berries and do a very light daily extraction. After a period ranging from 10-30 days, the lots were pressed to old French 500L barrels for maturation. The wine aged on the gross lees for eight months without any lees stirring and was then racked to tank to settle naturally. The wine was bottled without fining or filtration and just a small sulfur addition.