The Thorny Devil Grenache, Single Vineyard, Old Vine, Dry Grown, Barossa
We've bought fruit from this vineyard for a number of years and its a consistent performer even in the less good years. In 2013, this vineyard performed out of its skin and it was while we were
in the vineyard that we came across a little lizardy fellow called a Thorny Devil. We liked the name and the fruit produced beautiful wine and so we decided that it was high enough quality to be
bottled on its own.
A normal winter with adequate rainfall was followed by a very dry spring, summer and autumn. Mid summer temperatures were moderate which led to excellent early ripening before a series of
heatwaves resulted in accelerated ripening. Where water was available and where the canopy was healthy, fruit quality was very high with low yields giving the potential to make great wines.
With Grenache, we are always looking to maximise fruit purity, texture and finesse rather than making a.n other rich red wine. While there is no denying that Grenache is more burly than Pinot,
we always have the vision of making Pinot style wines within the, albeit, challenging framework of Grenache!
The Fruit was gently crushed to retain as many whole berries as possible before a cold soak prior to fermentation. Fermentation began naturally and hand plunging twice a day was carried out
through to dryness. Gently pressed off skins before 10 months in old oak hogsheads.
The resulting wine has the characteristic Barossa punch but there is a beguiling texture and perfume that keeps you interested.