Thorny Devil Grenache, Barossa Valley 2016
In 2016, the fruit for Thorny Devil came from a vineyard in the Ebenezer sub region in Barossa. Very sandy soils help reduce vigour and give a natural polish to the wines.
Winter and Spring were dry and though total volume was near normal, there were few drenches. Spring was also dry with hot temperatures in October followed by a milder November in which the fruit set well with good crops. Refreshing rains in late January prolonged the season more than it might have been but by early March the fruit was perfect for hand picking.
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 hand picked and 30% whole bunches retained in the ferment.. 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.