Like the story of the prodigal son who returned to his family, welcomed with opened arms, such is the return of Grenache to the consciousness and palates of wine lovers around the world.
Grenache has long been a workhorse variety in Australian wine. Originally planted to produce fortified wine, Grenaches renaissance as a desired table wine continues.
Prodigal Grenache was one of the first four wines made back in 1997 and sourced from a single vineyard in Leasingham.
Grenache from old, low-yielding, dry grown vineyards within the Watervale sub-region of the Clare Valley were vinified separately, and gently basket pressed. The parcels remained separate until the final wine was assembled. Maturation in a selection of seasoned French oak puncheons for fifteen months provides a softness and elegance to the plush velvety palate.
Deep cherry red.
NOSEFresh red berry compote and soft spice notes.
Rich and enveloping, the wine fills the palate whilst remaining light and fresh. Flavours of fresh tart raspberry are bright and supported by a core of darker berrries and plum. Silky tannins that hint at the seamless French oak add further to the length as they softly dissolve on the satisfied finish.