Grenache is a stalwart of the Barossa Valley’s treasure trove of red varieties. A noble and respected variety from the Mediterranean, Grenache thrives in the Barossa’s warm, dry climate. These Old vines are lovingly tended by Andy’s parents John and Barb. Old vines such as these produce few grapes but those they do offer make fabulously concentrated wines. This 2018 vintage is a decade away from its peak, but it already revels in its silky body, fleshy strawberry and cream fruit with generous bouquet of roses and apricots. Drink with hearty winter foods; lambs shanks and mash would be perfect. Don’t forget to cellar some.
Holding off until the right calibre of fruit was ready means Atze’s haven’t released a Grenache since the sell-out 2012.
Hotly anticipated, the 2018 is worth the wait.
One precious acre of Grenache, planted in 1975 near Atze’s Corner, is low yielding and difficult to prune – making the fruits of their labour all the more sweet.
I loved the riper take on the variety and quality of the 2012 vintage, and have been waiting ever since to have another one good enough to put into bottle again.
At the time, John & Barb were considering pulling the vineyard out as the vines were low yielding and a pain in the butt to prune, so I thought if I put their name on the bottle as a single vineyard wine the vines would be safe!
After 14 Months in an 8 year old French oak puncheon, only one barrel was chosen out of 6 to be bottled for this limited release wine.
Bottled on the 8th August 2019, and a decade away from its peak, this wine in its youth revels in its silky body, fleshy strawberry and cream fruit with generous bouquet of roses and apricots.
Drink now to 2035. Be sure to decant it to open it up and let its quality shine.