2020 WALTON 1946 GRENACHE
Planted in 1946, the Walton old block Grenache is a monument to the history of the Clare Valley. These dry-grown bush vines are planted in terra rossa soils allowing excellent drainage at an elevation between 370 and 390 metres. The westerly aspect and east/west facing rows ensures the vines are able to soak up the late summer sun while avoiding the harsh conditions of the Clare mid summer.
Hand-picked, the grapes are carefully transported to the winery in half tonne bins where they are hand sorted and destemmed prior to fermentation in open vats. Traditional techniques with minimal intervention are used to ensure that the vineyard fully expresses itself such as hand plunging and basket pressing into large 500 litre oak “Puncheons” . This focused and tender care ensures that one of the great legacies of the region remains alive today for your continued enjoyment.
The wine is a pure expression of Grenache. Aromas of strawberry, dark cherries (almost Cherry Ripe), cedar-spice with hints of sandalwood. The palate is silky smooth and vibrant, redolent with red cherries, red plums, blood orange and chocolate. The finish is long, expressive and youthful. Walton 1946 Grenache is drinking superbly now, however will reward careful cellaring for a further 15 years.
Winemaker: Peter Warr