Artisans Grenache Project 2017
The Grenache Project is six wines made by six Artisan winemakers from the same vineyard. For our first collaborative winemaking effort, the pure, bright vitality of Grenache was selected as an ideal canvas upon which the Artisans could express themselves as individuals. Each was allocated two rows of vines, and then left entirely to their own devices to decide when to pick and how to make their Grenache. Let off the leash and given free reign, each winemaker was unshackled from their current journey and identity and asked to respond to a simple brief…’Make a Grenache you'd like to drink.'
A small 90 year old Grenache vineyard at Penrice in the Angaston foothills is the home of the 2017 Grenache Project wines. Planted in good Barossa dirt for Grenache, the brown loamy sands and sub soil quartz regulates the temperature of the root structure of the vines, with nightly gully breezes further prolonging fruit ripening. The sloping, free draining site keeps yields low and produces berries packed with flavour.
As a set, the wines are an emphatic statement about the supreme quality and all round deliciousness of Barossa Grenache. Individually each wine stands apart from the others, bearing the distinct imprint of each maker through style, character and flavour.