Grenache. We like to think of it as the Barossa’s answer to Pinot Noir. Lighter in body and packed with flavour and spice notes, it is a variety that when treated with care and respect in the vineyard and winery, provides beautiful, savoury drinking and its reputation for versatility in the food/wine matching stakes is unrivalled in the ranks of the regions red grape varieties.
We source the grapes for our Arno Wine Co Grenache from Greenock in the Western Barossa and we are blessed to have access to a vineyard of wise old bush-vines planted planted in the 1920s. As always, our aim is to treat the grapes as gently as possible, guiding them through the winemaking process without shoving them in a direction that they don’t want to go. We are looking for a bright, vibrant colour and aromatic profile, pure fruit flavours and a palate shape that shows clarity and detail.
Hand-picked it is firstly destemmed, though we do add whole bunches to the ferment depending on vintage. It is gently plunged by hand twice a day retaining the wines perfume and detail before ageing in seasoned, 10+ year old French oak hogshead barrels. The result, we are sure you’ll agree is worth the extra care in the winery.
There is a stunning vibrancy to its hue and the wine leaps out of the glass with aromas of plum, cherry, Asian spice, purple flowers, gingerbread and wafts of gentle oak. It’s spacious and airy on the palate, with pure, delicious fruit and an energetic spark that drives it across the palate. Gentle in the tannin department, it is a wine for ‘drinkin, not thinkin’ – just a celebration of pure, delicious old vine Barossa Grenache.