2018 Purple Hands Grenache
Sourced from the Zerk Vineyard at Lyndoch in the southern Barossa Valley planted in 1961.
The fruit was hand-picked on the 17th March 2017, and around 25% whole clusters were tipped into open fermenters with the balance crushed on top. Ferment was the result of indigenous yeast. Temperatures were allowed to reach 30C with hand plunging performed 3 times daily. After 9 days on skins the fruit was basket pressed and transferred into older puncheons to undergo malo-lactic fermentation. Post malo the wine was then left 3 weeks before SO2 was added in place, the wine was left on lees and topped regularly. The wine was racked late December 2017 and underwent a coarse filtration prior to bottling.
Bright crimson colours in the glass lead to aromas of raspberry, cherry, earth, sweet spice with herbal hints from the whole clusters. The palate is lively and fleshy with tannins giving a crunchy texture. Excellent flavour with persistence, sweet red berry flavours combined with a soft gentle finish gives a wine that you can enjoy now or over the next 5 years.