The Unforgettable Grenache Shiraz Mataro, South Australia 2017
Larger than life and just a little bit fruity, The Unforgettable is the perennial life and sould of the party. But underneath the jovial facade lies a thoughtful, loyal chap who never forgets who his friends are.
The Unforgettalbe is a generous blend of 3 varieties, all of whom are long-term friends that know the benefits of teamwork. Working in cahoots, they produce a wine with succulent red berry fruit with hints of spice and chocolate. A clever, friendly wine that is indeed truly Unforgettable.
2017 was defined by an extremely wet and cool winter and a growing season intersperse with regular rain "events" As such, it was very different to the previous two years and picking times reverted to those of the long distant past. Careful consideration of bunch numbers and canopy cover were essential to ensure adequate ripening of healthy fruit but the final result is one that we are very pleased with.
Vinification, as one might expect with good fruit, is very simple. The Grenache was hand picked in early morning before arrival at the winery where it underwent a very gentle crush and then an open ferment with twice daily hand plunging. Extended time on skins post ferment was followed by pressing and then maturation. Additions of perfectly balanced Langhorne Shiraz and some beautifully fragrant Mataro were made and the final blend achieved in September with the focus on bright, exuberant yet crunchy fruit.