2016 Barossa Trail Grenache
Bright red colour. Savoury spice lift with red berries and black peppercorn. A medium bodied style with hints of oak. Plum, spice and ripe fruit flavours on the palate with refined tannin, balanced acidity and savoury characters and complexity aided by the whole bunch ferment.
These 80 year old vines are handpicked, with approx. 25% percent of the fruit being tipped straight into the bottom of one of our small open top fermenters, with the rest of the fruit being crushed on top of the whole-bunch fruit. This is done to achieve a carbonic maceration character in the wine, which lifts the aromas and adds a savouriness to the fruit profile. The ferment is then pumped over twice daily for the course of 7 days for gentle extraction, before being pressed off and transferred to old French oak barrels for approx. 10 months before being racked out of barrels before bottling.
A warm dry spring led to into similarly dry conditions in December and January. The warm weather brought harvest on in the first week of February. A couple of good rain events led to milder conditions and a long even ripening period and excellent flavour development. The wine from 2016 show typical Barossa warmth and generosity and should age well.
Silver at 2017 Barossa Wine Show
Silver at 2017 Sydney Royal Wine Show
Bronze at 2018 Melbourne International Wine Challenge
Bronze at 2017 Adelaide Wine Show
Bronze at 2017 New Zealand International Wine Show
5 Stars / Equal top in category at Winestate Magazine
90 Points - Josh Reynolds, Vineous
Deep red. Spicy raspberry and cocoa powder scents are sharpened by a white pepper flourish. Silky, seamless and round on the palate, offering sweet red fruit and spice cake flavors that show good depth and no rough edges. Emphatically fruity and energetic, finishing with very soft tannins and a strong red berry liqueur quality.
17.5 Points - Raymond Chan, November 2017
Light ruby-red colour with some depth, pale on edge. The nose is elegant in presentation with fragrant aromas of dark raspberry fruit with a harmonious amalgam of dark herbs and red florals unveiling a little spicy interest and subtle earthy elements. The aromatics form a soft but positive core. Full-bodied, the palate possesses lusciously sweet flavours of dark raspberries, dark-red florals, and notes of spice and earth. The flavours are near-ethereal in expression and guided by moderately extracted, fine-grained tannin structure, with balanced, integrated acidity and some underlying alcohol power. The flavours carry to a lingering finish of red fruits and florals. This is a fragrant, near-ethereal fruited Grenache with raspberry and floral fruit on a fine-grained, structured palate with some alcohol drive. Match with pasta, barbecued fare, poultry and pork over the next 4-5+ years. Hand-picked Grenache fruit from the Schild family’s ‘Saleyards Road’ vineyard, Nuriootpa, vines 80 y.o., fermented with 25% whole bunches to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in seasoned French oak.
92 Points – Huon Hooke, November 2017
Deepish red/purple colour with a sweetly spicy, red-fruited aroma, the palate soft and fleshy, sweet-fruited and medium to full bodied, with a luxuriousness of feel. Intense, deep and sweet with some alcohol warmth: a big, generous grenache which satisfies. Long carry, partly thanks to alcohol warmth and tannin firmness
91 Points – James Halliday’s Wine Companion
Hand-picked from the Schild family 80yo saleyards vineyard in Nuriootpa, 25% whole bunches, 75% whole berries, open fermented, pumped over twice daily for 10 days, matured in used French oak for 10 months. A Grenache that absolutely validates the vinification, tailor made to minimise extraction yet leaving the wine full-bodied. Just when you think the varietal expression isn't there, a splash of red/blue fruit appears at the heart of an otherwise brooding wine. Time in bottle will be repaid.