2007 was a drought affected vintage with a warm growing season and one of the driest winters on record. Intermittent summer rainfall refreshed the vines and enabled them to remain remarkably vibrant and take them through to ripening and harvest. The drought conditions resulted in reduced yields by about 30 percent but, importantly, quality from 2007 is very good.
The Old Bush Vine Grenache is made from a 4-acre single vineyard block planted in the early 1900s. These vines are dry-grown, producing grapes of intense favour. The vineyard soil on the block is shallow sand over sandstone at the top end of the block, with sandy loamy soil over red clay at the bottom end of the block. Yields are about 1 to 1.5 tons to the acre.
Following hand picking on April 4th, grapes were de-stemmed into an open-top fermenter. The must was warmly fermented using native yeast and gentle hand pump-overs were carried out twice a day for flavour and colour extraction. After fermentation on skins for 10 days the must was traditionally pressed and then filled to barrel. The wine was matured in seasoned American and French oak hogsheads for 24 months prior to bottling.
The Old Bush Vine Grenache 2007 is deep red in colour. A very lifted nose displays enticing and evolving aromatics of rose, spice, musk, licorice, clove, raspberry and hint of spice. The very inviting aromatics lead to a rich, full-bodied palate. Flavours are ripe, intense, robust and smartly fruit-driven, displaying unmistakable varietal Grenache character of ripe red raspberry, blackberry, cherry, and licorice. Natural tannins are evident, adding structure, but are extremely fine and well integrated. Very smooth and harmonious, a very long finish of fruit purity completes this stylish wine. This distinguished Grenache drinks well now but is ideally suited for serious cellaring.