Blackbilly Old Vine Grenache 2020


This wine is our third release and showcases the region of McLaren Vale and its old vine legacy.

As a legacy of the once gone (almost!) fortified wine era, our region is blessed with plantings of vineyards that are now very old and in unique ‘terroirs’. Old bush vines, this wine from a single vineyard (over 100 years old), with tiny crops and berries are harvested by hand then crafted with minimal intervention to preserve the characters.
After open fermentation with a small influence of whole bunches, the wine is matured old larger format seasoned French oak puncheons (500L) until final assemblage from selected barrels. Time in barrels was around 24 months with a rest in tank to preserve freshness.

Per Bottle 750 ml


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Product Description

Tasting Note – Released June 2021
Colour: Ruby red with a purple hue and some ‘legs’ in the glass.
Nose: Rose, violet – and some lavender / pot pourri with raspberry notes wand a light cedary oak lift.
Palate: Supple palate, medium weight with red and blue fruits aptly combining with fresh, crisp acidity. Long flavours, almost a dark olive savoury finish.
Potential: This vintage has produced a wine worthy of medium term cellaring if you can.
Foods: Try Salmon with a wakame crust. Will pair well with cassoulet or salt crusted roast chicken.
Technical: Bottled May 2021 under screwcap. Alcohol 14.8%, pH 3.44, TA 6.0
Vintage: 2020 was a season full of challenges—weather events, bushfires and covid-19…. Very compressed picking and very low yielding.
Winemaking Nick Haselgrove

Detailed Tasting Notes