With vines planted in 1858 this easily meets the ‘Ancestor Vine’ criteria under the Barossa Old Vine Charter. 100% whole bunch. Perfume, structure and depth.
Dense raspberry and purple fruit, lavender and Indian spice. Slightly sweeter and more jubey than the 2013 Old Vines but the interplay with ferruginous characters and hints of cocoa is captivating. Layered tannin reaches an even greater level of sophistication here. Further complexity via clay, asphalt and marzipan. If you’re lucky enough to snag some of this and hold onto it for at least ten years then people will be knocking down your door to share it with you. Quite simply a heroic wine. 96
Region: Eden Valley
Tasted: May 2014
Wow, 1858, that’s incredible.
The only older Grenache vineyard that I’m aware of is Marco Cirillo’s. 1848.