Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale, South Australia.

Full bodied, rich purple in colour and palate weight, layered and firm tannins and structure.

Hand-picked, basket pressed and open fermented, 10% whole bunch and racked into 2nd and 3rd French oak barriques for malolactic fermentation and maturation 16 months.


SKU 2019SHIR Category Tags ,


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Shanteh Wong - Wine Pilot

This is a Grenache for lovers of dare I say it, Gigondas. Red black and blue fruited tones, deep red cherries, ripe blood plum and blackberry. A huge array of botanicals and spice from juniper berries to clove, soft licorice and dark chocolate. The small percentage of whole bunch adds a sliver of herbs, sage and wintergreen.The palate is lifted and elegant, a touch of alcohol sweetness on the finish reminding you yes this is Grenache. They have packed a whooping amount into this bottle and the generosity of fruit and aromatic lifts represent Blewitt Springs and McLaren Vale alike.

94 Points


Ray Jordan - The West Australian

This is another using the wonderful fruit of McLaren Vale’s Blewitt Springs. The vineyard itself was planted back in 1923 so it also brings some old vine fruity to the table. Perfumed and seductive grenache with a brightness and lively expression that captures the essence of this variety. Old large French oak has allows the rose petal notes of the fruit to emerge.It’s medium bodied with chalky tannins shaping the long palate.

Vanessa Simpson -

Always got time for South Australian Grenache, especially when it’s from this part of the country???Clandestine Vineyards Grenache 2018 is from Blewitt Springs, a unique sub-region of the McLaren Vale that’s further inland, at higher altitude and with deep sandy soils that lend intensely flavoured, aromatic wines that are finely structured and fuller in body. It is particularly renowned for its Grenache, with some sites growing old bush vines that impart further concentration and character ?Fruit for this #Grenache comes from organically and sustainably farmed bush vines planted in 1923, handpicked and vinified to capture varietal expression: basket pressed (10% whole bunch), aged in large old French oak hogs heads only then blended with 10% of original pressings before bottling.Fragrant with cherries, florals and briary, concentrated in flavour, fresh with acidity and laced with fine savoury tannins. Dark cherry, wild blackberry and raspberry, a touch of dried lavender and roasted herbs, black pepper and liquorice, and an earthy, slightly meaty undertone peeking through the layers of fruit. Give this Grenache time to unfold in the glass and reveal itself.Cheers @clandestinevineyards

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