Raspberry steeped in liqueur, plenty of perfume, lots of spice, almond paste. Medium-bodied, raspberry and subtle earthiness, firm pumice stone tannin, lots of crunch, hazelnut and crisp red berries, very bright and long. Some tea and tobacco savoury stuff. Such an excellent wine. Structural but ripe. The quality of tannin is outstanding. Serve it in a big Burgundy glass!
Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
GRENACHE SOURCED FROM RENDE VINEYARD
BLEWITT SPRINGS, MCLAREN VALE
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VINEYARD AND WINERY
The Grenache that produces this wine comes from an outstanding vineyard in Blewitt Springs. A hidden gem of sorts, the high ‘Silver Sands’ vineyard was planted by Robert Rende and his father Michael some 50+ years ago.
Vintage 2021, our seventh release of this single site wine, will surely go down in history as one of the greats for many regions in South Australia. This is especially true for Grenache in Blewitt Springs. Moderate temperatures, rainfall and ripening season for some of our later picks was ideal.
The Rende Grenache harvest season begun early, with our first of 5 picks on the 20th of February, and the final pick on the 18th of April. 2021 yielded around 38HL/Ha, close to the 50+ year long-term average.
Elevage took place for 16 months in 22HL Slavonian oak foudre. These are manufactured by Garbellotto in Northern Italy. This wine was bottled without fining or filtration.
400 dozen produced + 250 x 1.5L magnum
Closure: DIAM Origine 10 49x24.2mm
FS02: at bottling 28ppm