Pre-Release Night Watch Grenache 2021

Pre-Release Night Watch Grenache 2021

Regular price $34.00
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We ship our wines in lots of 2, 6 or 12 bottles to ensure they arrive safely, so please make up your order in multiples of 2, 6 or 12 bottles. Mixed packs of different wines are welcome.

We've made this popular wine exclusively available to Friends of Collector Wine Club members until late November, when it will be available more widely.

Blend             

Grenache (100%), HILLTOPS 

Season             

Good rains through spring and a cool summer and autumn resulted in a long ripening period.  The moderate conditions yielded disease-free fruit bursting with freshness.

Viticulture

Grown by the Mullany family in deep volcanic loam near Wombat, in the Hilltops, on a relatively elevated but warm north-facing site at 480m. The sloping block has North-South row orientation.  The vines are spur-pruned and vertically shoot-positioned.  The variety yields very generously - severe crop thinning is undertaken at veraison.   The late-ripening Grenache is one of the last varieties harvested.

Winemaking

Pristine grapes were hand harvested in late March.  A number of different ferments were undertaken, including some with carbonic maceration.  After pressing, the wine underwent the malolactic fementation in a mix of mainly older Allier barrels before bottling in October 2021.

Taste       

Fresh raspberry, red licorice and spice aroma notes yield to a bright and succulent palate laced with cranberry, dark cherry and sugar plum.   This medium-bodied wine has pleasing fine-grained tannins and finishes with juicy, mouth-watering acidity.