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d'Arenberg Custodian Grenache 2017 (McLaren Vale)

d'Arenberg Custodian Grenache 2017 (McLaren Vale)

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The d'Arenberg Custodian Grenache 2017 vintage showcases both the sweet, generous berry fruit and the darker, earthier notes that well crafted McLaren Vale Grenache can offer. The secret is in the old vines and the minimal input approach to the grape growing and winemaking that allows the fruit to express itself. The cooler 2017 vintage has also added a further white pepper like spice note to the mix. The cooler conditions have similarly produced a more reÔ¨Āned palate than normal, leaning more to medium bodied silky although with a bit of air the wine certainly grows in opulence. With lots of upfront appeal this wine is drinking well as we speak but may also reward careful cellaring for a handful of years.

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Wine Specifications

Variety: Shiraz

Size: 750mL

Region: McLaren Vale

ABV: 14.5%

Vintage: 2017

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Winery & Vintage Info

During the vine pull scheme in the 80's, d'Arry Osborn refused to remove his old Grenache vineyards. Today d'Arenberg is the keeper of nearly one third of McLaren Vale's old bush vine Grenache, earning the title of 'Custodian' of the variety.

A healthy winter and plenty of spring rains set the vines up very well. Bud burst was on time, but very cool for the first part of spring. Shoots grew to 5 or 6 inches long and then stopped for a month. Flowering was quite late, by three weeks, which meant a late start to harvest, and long, slow ripening periods. The summer rains stopped in mid-January, so disease pressure was low. It was very dry from February to April, with only a few millimetres of rain. Days were mild with a lot of cool nights, the first few weeks of April was around two degrees hotter than usual, which help that last bits of fruit to ripen. Overall, a great vintage with minimal disease pressure and above average crop levels.

The winemaking of d'Arenberg Custodian Grenache 2017 vintage saw small batches of grapes are gently crushed and then transferred to open fermenters. Foot treading is undertaken two thirds of the way through fermentation, the wine is basket pressed and transferred to a mixture of old French and American oak to complete fermentation and mature. The barrel ferments are aged on lees, and there is no racking until final blending. This wine does not undertake fining or filtration prior to bottling. Winey notes

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