'Avignon' Grenache Mataro

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Vintage2013
Alcohol15.0 %
pH3.53
TA5.59 g/l
Grape Variety67% Grenache / 33% Mourvedre
Vineyard SoilsLoam over clay (Nuriootpa)
Vine Age84 year old Grenache and Mourvedre
GIBarossa Valley
Summary

The ancient history of Grenache is well understood and re-told many times, what is not known so well is the equally as old yet vastly different paths Mourvedre has taken. These two varieties formed part of the initial collection bought to the Barossa as warm and dry environs are prevalent in Australia. At Kaesler, we retain and respect varieties and blends. This vintage we decided on a Grenache Mourvedre blend instead of a blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre.

Vinification

Fruit was hand-picked, with the Grenache being harvested on the 14th March 2013 and the Mourvedre on the 20th March 2013; both spent 8 days on skins and having the cap wet twice a day. The wine was fermented at 22-24 degrees centigrade in stainless steel. Both wines were racked once after malolactic fermentation. After pressing, the wine was let settle for 2 days before being transferred to old oak. Typically the oak for Avignon is older than 5 year old barriques (3-5 years). 15 months barrel maturation. Bottling was on the 25th April 2015

Colour

Cherry with a bright youthful edge.

Nose

Dark fruits, hints of spice and pepper.

Palate

Supple, elegant mouth feel. Blackberry with lighter red fruits such as red currant and plum. Some spicy notes of fruit on the palate.

Notes

Enjoy over the next 5-8 years.

Purchase

2013 Kaesler 'Avignon' Grenache Mataro

Reviews

  • Wine Companion 2017 - 92pt

    Avignon Barossa Valley Grenache Mourvedre 2013

    A 67/33% blend fermented separately, 8 days on skins, blended before maturation in used oak. Has retained bright, youthful colour; the wine has freshness, and ample plum and red fruits sustained by fine tannins. For the record, both varieties come from 84yo vines. Screwcap. 15°alc. Rating 92 To 2023

  • Wine Advocate - 91+pt

    Pale to medium garnet colored, the 2013 Avignon Proprietary Red (a blend of 67% Grenache and 33% Mourvèdre) has a black cherry and black raspberry laced nose with cinnamon stick, vanilla and Sichuan pepper hints. Big, rig, full-bodied and expressive in the mouth, it coats the palate with kirsch and velvety tannins, finishing with great length.