Hayview Vineyard, Mount Barker WA, planted 2001, north-south facing rows, a hilltop with a southerly slope, loam over ironstone soils, pesticide and herbicide-free vineyard practices.


Machine picked, 7 days on fermentation on skins in open fermenters with hand plunging twice daily, natural cultured yeast, tank pressed, 10 months in seasoned French oak barriques on lees and then matured in stainless steel tank to settle prior to bottling.

Tasting Notes

Purple and bright in colour, floral and lifted spice bouquet with hints of oak. Cherries and red fruits collide across the palate with earthy, graphite notes giving added texture and interest. Sweet and savoury at the same time, the wine completes its palate journey with white pepper notes & fruit generosity while the older oak lends a rounded, soft, elegant and juicy long finish.


Minimal filtration, vegan fined and minimal sulphur on bottling to keep the wine fresh and lively.


Pair with winter braises, slow-cooked and/or smoked meats (American style brisket or short ribs), or northern Italian cuisine.

Cellar Potential

8+ years


Andrew Vesey, Consultant; Clandestine Vineyards


Castelli Estate, Denmark WA


Nick and Trudy Stacy


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Stuart Robinson - The Vinosomniac

Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale; 95yo vines (at the time of this vintage) Blewitt fruit tends to convey a prettiness, no exception here. It’s certainly fragrant, bringing a red fruited presentation. The fruit carries through to the palate, veering towards a blue fruit note, adelicate pop of intensity that gently subsides across a length of finesse. The tannin is fine, of gentle extraction. The depth of flavour is quite something, yet without being too overt. A testament to the quality of the old vines.

Dan Traucki

Clandestine Vineyards 2018 McLaren Vale #grenache – hand picked, basket pressed, vivid purple/ red in colour, lifted floral & berry aromas on the bouquet, with just a hint of earthiness.The palate is elegant, well rounded, beautifully balanced with a hint of fruit sweetness on the front palate & a nice tight lingering dry finish. A REAL RIPPER!!

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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