2021 ARILA GARDENS
SAND GARDEN
GRENACHE

$85.00

The Sand Garden Grenache is a small parcel of incredibly special fruit fromold vines planted in 1900 on our Arila Gardens property. The vines aregnarly and twisted with deep rootsystems spanning the predominately sandover clay earth beneath. The philosophy of this Grenache is simple; to makea world class Grenache that expresses this sought-after variety, from thishistoric place, in this time to be savoured for many years to come.

Tasting Note

Grape Variety: Grenache.
Vineyard Region:  Sand Garden from the Arila Gardens single vineyard, Moppa, Barossa Valley.
Colour: Bright ruby.
Nose: Perfumed and enticing with layers of red berry fruit heightened by pink musk and cherry blossom. The aromatics open further over time to reveal brown spice and nougat.
Palate: Medium bodied with a core of plush cherry pith, raspberry, and mulberry fruits, expanding across the palate. Pillowy, talc like tannins provide textural length connected by a nerve of bright salivating acidity. Layers of flavour persist with berry friand and almond meal nuances. Complex, textural and complete with a lovely natural balance and flow.
Cellaring Potential: 10 – 15 years

Vintage Conditions

The 2021 vintage for the Barossa will be referred to in time as a classic, producing exceptionally good quality wines. The growing season was set up well with average winter and above average rainfall through August to October allowing for good subsoil moisture and healthy vines. Another rain event in early February was welcome, allowing for a steady and unstressed ripening period. Very mild conditions during berry ripening allowed for slow sugar accumulation and the development of optimum flavour and tannin whilst retaining good natural acidity. Picking decisions were based on acid profile as much as flavour allowing fruit to be harvested with moderate sugar. The result being bright wines with lovely natural balance.

Winemaking

  • Handpicked March 3rd 2021
  • Cold soak 48 hours
  • Small percentage of whole bunch at base of fermenter, remainder whole berries
  • Fermented in small open top fermenter for 12 days
  • Gentle pump overs and hand plunging
  • No acid added
  • 14 months maturation in seasoned French oak hogsheads with light yeast lees
  • Occasional stirring to build and soften texture
  • Unfined and filtered prior to bottling
  • Bottled June 2022, only 110 9Le cases produced

pH – 3.39
Acidity – 7.1 g/L
Alcohol – 14.5 %
Residual Sugar – Dry: 0.71 g/L

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