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John and Barb's Old Vine 2018 Grenache

  • 2018 VINTAGE SOLD OUT - Thanks for your understanding.

    2019 VINTAGE RELEASE LATER IN 2020

    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.

    Andy says:

    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.


    • Vintage:  2018
      Grape Varieties: Grenache 100%
      Harvest Date: April 12th 2018
      Bottling Date: August 27th 2019
      Technical Details: 16% Alc. 
      Food Pairing

      Drink with hearty winter foods; lambs shanks and mash would be perfect.

      Serving Temperature:

      17 Degrees Celcius.

      Cellaring:

      Drink now till 2035

      Background/Story:

      Old Vine Grenache from a tiny one acre single vineyard near Atze’s Corner in the Barossa Valley, planted by my parents, 5th Generation Barossa Valley grape growers John and Barb Kalleske back in 1975.
      An exceptional vintage in 2018 was these low yielding gnarly Old Barossa Valley Grenache vines produce a highly concentrated wine. Hand-picked, fifteen percent whole bunch open small ferment and 16 months in seasoned oak barrels have given this wine alluring red fruit and herbal aromatics, round generous flavours of red currant, ripe raspberries and cherries. Only 50 cases produced.

      Fermentation/Maturation 1 barrel selected out of 6 for bottling of this wine.

      Vineyard:

      Planted in 1975 by John and Barb Kalleske.

      Vintage:

      An amazing ripening season saw excellent "hang time" for the Grenache fruit, resulting in beautiful texture, flavour and length in this Grenache.



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    05/08/2020
    Darren S.
    Australia Australia
    Cellaring this one for a few years, but if it is as good as most of the premium wines Atze Corner produce I am sure it will be exceptional.

    great service as usual