Winemaker's Selection Barossa Valley Grenache 2017

Saltram

Winemaker's Selection Barossa Valley Grenache 2017

Saltram

Winemaker's Selection Barossa Valley Grenache 2017

RRP (750 mL)
$35.00
750 mL
$30.00
6 x 750 mL
$180.00

Overview

Overview

The Winemaker's Selection was introduced to allow experimentation and special parcels of fruit to remain separate so that they can show their true colours.

The vineyard this wine is produced from was planted around 1930, and is a true testament to the rich history and heritage of the Barossa. The palate is soft and textural with flavours of plush red fruits cured with spices. This is underpinned by savoury tannins and finishes with a cleansing wet stone minerality.

Varietal Grenache
Vintage 2017
Country Australia
Region Barossa Valley
Volume 750 mL
Enclosure Screw Cap
Alc/Vol 14.5%
Peak Drinking Now - 2022
Winemaker Shavaughn Wells

Awards and Accolades

Awards and Accolades

4 1/2 Stars Katie Spain
92+ points Campbell Mattinson
Bronze 2018 Royal Brisbane Wine Show

Katie Spain

"...The grenache was hand-plucked from a 1930s vineyard and winemaker Alex Mackenzie has done the old Tanunda vines justice. It's a wild little number - beautifully fruity on the nose (think wild strawberries and raspberries) followed by a lush mouthful of red fruit, spice, and a $35 chalky finish."

Campbell Mattinson

"I’m tempted to call this beefy given the volume and weight of flavour – it’s certainly not ethereal – but the truth is that it’s well mannered and neat. Red licorice, dark soil, sweet spice and plum flavours churn attractively through the palate, the finish then lifted by rust and cedar-smoke characters. It’s more-than-handy now, and it will mature positively."

Food Pairing

Food Pairing

Chicken
Pork
Duck
Cured Meat
Pasta
Veg
Pizza

Taste Description

Taste Description

Nose

The wine has lifted aromatics reminiscent of wild strawberries and raspberries, complemented with a touch of rose petals.

Flavours and Palate

The palate is lush and textural with a supple mouthfeel, offering flavours of primary red fruits, confected musk and a hint of Chinese five-spice.

Viticulture Vintage & Winemaking

Viticulture Vintage & Winemaking

Barossa Valley, South Australia

Just one hour’s drive from South Australia’s capital, Adelaide, lies its gourmet capital (and wine Mecca), Barossa. One of the country’s most beautiful and historic wine regions, Barossa is a magnet for lovers of fine food and wine. Its classic Mediterranean climate, and free-draining red brown soils, makes the region ideal for growing grapes. Barossa produces excellent Shiraz, Cabernet, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Riesling and Semillon.

In 2016/2017, an above average rainfall during winter and early spring set the vines up for a good season. On the whole, conditions were cool with periodic rain events leading to canopies with thick vegetation and later than average ripening dates. This allowed the Grenache ample time on the vine to ripen to its full flavour potential, resulting in excellent quality fruit being harvested.

Alex MacKenzie - Winemaker

Alex started as 10th Winemaker at Saltram in 2017, however his first connection with Saltram was in 2001, working alongside the 8th maker, Nigel Dolan. Alex brings with him over fifteen years of winemaking experience and a great love of the Barossa. His style is down to earth – allowing the season and dirt to speak for themselves – keeping winemaking simple to enable a pure expression of Barossa fruit, as is the Saltram tradition.