The Thorny Devil Grenache, Single Vineyard, Old Vine, Dry Grown, Barossa, 2014
We've bought fruit from this vineyard for a number of years and its a consistent performer even in the less good years. In 2014, 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 and then a baking January that broke all records for temperatures. Just as the grapes were ripening, the deluge came and
the process slowed down dramatically. Those grapes that remained healthy enjoyed moderate temperature and perfect conditions to re-concentrate the fruit flavours.
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.