A cuveé composed from 2 carefully tended old Grenache vineyards in Watervale, aged 77 and 71 years respectively. Only from the best vintages do we create our Duke Reserve Grenache. The 2013 vintage again gave us that opportunity. Being a shade warmer than the previous standout 2012 season, we picked both vineyards just a little earlier to ensure we achieved the perfect balance of flavour, acid and tannin needed in our signature Reserve Grenache. Having both vineyards managed with minimal chemical intervention, hand pruning and hand harvesting is a vital part of the natural calender of operations.
The hand picked fruit parcels were destemmed and fermented in an open topped vessel on skins until complete dryness, before basket pressing to small French oak casks to mature for 16 months. No fining or filtration were done before bottling.
Brick red in colour with brilliant crimson hues.
An impressive nose, bursting with layers of cherry kirsch, old gold chocolate, musk stick and just a hint of charry French oak.
A classy and defined palate, balancing length, mouthfeel and structure. The old vine power and intensity on display, featuring the combined complexity of dark chocolate, sweeter berry flavours, subtle savouriness and older French barrel spices, nicely supported by fine grained tannins.
James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion 2017
- 92 Points
- James Halliday
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #232
- 91+ Points
- Lisa Parrotti-Brown
- Pale to medium garnet-purple, the 2013 Grenache The Duke Reserve is scented of red currant jelly, kirsch and dried mulberries with hints of baking spice, anise, black pepper and garrigue. Full-bodied, rich, softly textured and oh, so spicy, it fills the palate with red fruit preserves and finishes with lingering peppery hints.
Cellaring: Potential of at least 10 - 12 years.