'Avignon' Grenache Mataro Shiraz

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Vintage2010
Alcohol15.0%
pH3.77
TA5.77 g/l
Grape VarietyGrenache 80% / Mourvedre 17% / Shiraz 3%
Vineyard Soilsloam over clay (Nuriootpa)
Vine Age82 year old Grenache and Mataro vineyards and 51 year old Shiraz
GIBarossa Valley
Summary

The ancient history of Shiraz is well understood and re-told many times, tens of thousands of times a
day across the planet. What is not known so well is the equally as old yet vastly different paths
Grenache and Mataro have taken. These three varieties formed part of the initial collection bought
to the Barossa by the Prussian and Silesian pioneers in the mid 1800’s. The cutting’s where scattered
across various mixed farms across the new Barossa settlement. The majority of the collection
coming from wetter and cooler climates of Europe failed and the Cepage with DNA best suited to,
warm and dry environs prevailed here in Australia.

Vinification

Fruit was harvested by hand, given that the Grenache and the Mataro are both coming from 80yr
plus vines it’s the only way to do it without causing damage to the vines. The Shiraz and the Mataro
were fermented for 8 days, the Grenache was given 15 days on skins.

Once pressed the wine is then put into older oak barrels, racked twice over the next 15 months.

 

Colour

Garnet with a bight youthful edge.

Nose

Plum & musk with blueberry aromas.

Palate

Nice mineral acidity on entry. The palate expands, to offer supple elegant mouthfeel. The palate has good length that is well knitted to finish by the acidity.

Notes

The appetite for Chardonnay, Cabernet and Merlot would see many G, S & M vineyards have their heads guillotined. The despotic vine pull scheme of the 80’s saw many un-productive elderly, turned to ash and returned to the soil from whence they came. At Kaesler we retain and respect these varieties and blend.