Angove Warboys Vineyard Grenache 2017
- Vegan Suitable
- Certified Biodynamic
- Certified Organic
RegionMcLaren Vale, SA
Brilliant bright red with a blueish tinge. Vibrant floral/violet characters on the nose with dark cherries and wild thyme. Red berries and cherry intermingle with spice and subtle oak undertones. Handpicked and hand-sorted, trod by foot, indigenous yeast fermentation, and nothing but the best winemaking here all the way through to the bottle.
Certified Organic and Biodynamic.
Tasting Notes for Warboys Vineyard Grenache 2017 from the Winery
Brilliant bright red with a blueish tinge. Vibrant floral/violet characters on the nose with dark cherries and wild thyme. Red berries and cherry intermingle with spice and subtle oak undertones.
VINEYARD & VINTAGE
Sourced from our Warboys Vineyard in McLaren Vale. A wet winter and spring set the 2017 growing season up well. Budburst and flowering occurred 2 – 3 weeks later than normal due to cooler than average temperatures. Thankfully, stable dry conditions occurred at flowering resulting in excellent fruit set. Good canopy management and an easing in the wet weather mid-January kept disease pressure under control. Cooler summer temperatures lead to later than usual veraison and warm days and cold nights provided perfect conditions for flavour development and ripening. Mild weather from February to April resulted in 2017 being one of the latest harvests on record. Wines from this vintage are lively, aromatic and vibrant with delicious dark berry flavours and spice, finishing with resounding length and delicacy.
Hand picked starting with the old cane pruned vines near the roadway in late February and continuing in the rest of the vineyard during the following 8 days. Each bin of Grenache fruit was carefully loaded onto our triage table where leaves, petioles and any shrivelled grapes were removed by hand. Half of the bunches, complete with rachis, were placed on the bottom of the ½ tonne fermenters and destemmed berries crushed on top of them.
Utilising our winery’s indigenous yeast, the ferment was allowed to warm to 30°C, receiving gentle hand-plunging twice daily. As the ferment neared dryness we jumped into the vats and used our feet to crush the whole berries on the bottom of the fermenters, releasing more sugar into the must. Once fermentation was complete, the skins were macerated for a couple of days before basket pressing. The wine was then transferred to older French oak puncheons for malolactic fermentation and maturation. Final assemblage was decided in early February 2018 before the wine was bottled without fining or filtration.
16 months in French oak Puncheons
Alcohol - 14.0%
pH - 3.62
Residual Sugar - <0.3g/L
Total Acidity - 5.5.g/L
CELLAR POTENTIAL 2025
WINEMAKER Tony Ingle
CASES MADE 300
|Region||McLaren Vale, SA|
|Country of Origin||Australia|
|Alcohol Level||High [14% plus]|
|Residual Sugar g/L||0.3|
|Sugar Level||Bone Dry [0-1 g/L]|
|Total Acidity (g/L)||5.5|
ANDREW GRAHAM - AUSTRALIAN WINE REVIEW 2021 - 94 POINTS
“It’s a little sullen at first, but that’s more a representation of the layers and layers to navigate. Ripe, almost glacé red fruit in a glossy form, the palate initially reserved but it gets more raspberried and more expansive as it travels through your mouth, before a finish that casts some background oak sweetness with welcome meaty Grenache character. It’s just a little warm, but for complexity and carry alone this is a winner – it feels considered, unhurried, detailed. Impressive.”
GLOBAL ORGANIC MASTERS 2020 - DRINKS BUSINESS MAGAZINE - MASTER 92+
“Medium to light ruby. Another lovely red fruit, open, ripe berry scented nose with some sweet vanilla Delicious. Juicy, masses of cherry and strawberry, ripe, fleshy, but not heavy, also some freshness, touch of dry tannin giving bit of grip. Quite warming alcohol on finish. Hard not drink. With masses of tannin, dense. But wine not heavy. Only downside is the warming alc. lovely wine. very fine.”
JAMES SUCKLING - WWW.JAMESSUCKLING.COM - JUNE 2020 - 90 POINTS
“This has rich and bright, ripe red-fruit aromas and flavors with a very intense, red-plum palate, at the riper end of the grenache fruit zone. Smooth tannins. Drink now.”
WINE ENTHUSIAST MAGAZINE - BUYING GUIDE - JUNE/JULY 2020 - 91 POINTS
This Grenache, from Angove’s oldest block of organic vines, requires some time in the glass or decanter to fully reveal itself. When it does, the ripe red-berry fruit is vibrant, the florals pretty and the use of whole bunch apparent in the form of cocktail bitters. Accents of mushroom, earth and vanilla add character. The palate is tightly wound and austere, but the silky, plush fruit is there behind the taut, granular tannins, hinting at an elegance that will emerge with time.
AWARDS: Global Organic Masters 2020 - The Drinks Business Magazine - Master
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