St Hallett Old Vine Grenache 2009
Grenache has such a long Barossan history and old vine Grenache is something worth adding to your repertoire. This is another of the St Hallett’s little gems that I discovered recently and comes from vines planted in the Barossa in the 1920’s.
With Toby Barlow’s focus on freshness shining through, this Grenache has had 9 months in 2nd use oak so that the wine has developed silkiness to complement it’s concentrated intensity of fruit. The characters are of rich raspberry & cherry with some meatiness poking through to add some extra interest. It is dry and spicy and typically medium bodied. With the alcohol kept in check at 13.8% by picking for character, it glides lazily around the palate. Drink it now for that freshness or give it 5 years for some more savouriness to start to develop.
Only 100-200 cases are made and it is only sold through Cellar Door, so give them a call.
Date: 2nd September 2010 Price: $40 Value: $$$ Drink: Now – 5+ years