Paralian Grenache 2020


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The Wine:

Single vineyard Grenache, fruit sourced from ‘The Marmont Vineyard’ Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale grown by the Cross family. 

Dry Grown on Holocene Sand, East/West aspect, 140-145m altitude. Planted in 1960. 

A chance encounter, a block we had never worked with until we started Paralian, but knew through reputation. Based in one of the oldest parts of McLaren Vale. Blewitt Springs sub-region. 2020 is our third release of this single vineyard wine.  

Hand-picked fruit, wild-fermented in a 132-year-old wax lined concrete open fermenter, 22% whole bunch, carbonically managed, remainder of fruit destemmed whole berry on top. Exclusively hand plunged over a 17-days on skins. Whole bunches were hand squeezed at zero Baume to release the beautiful aromatic carbonic ferment characters back into the wine. Wine was matured on lees for 10 months in 16 year-old French Oak Puncheons.

The Marmont Grenache was hand harvested 10 days before the Springs Hill Shiraz – previous vintages have seen these two parcels picked within a day of each other. Small, compact bunches (even more compact than we experienced in 2019) with much thicker skins were noted in the Grenache. 

The Marmont Vineyard flavour profile is expressed well again with fruit in the pink to purple fruit zone with pomegranate, cranberry and black raspberry aromas. Cinnamon and five spice with ripe lavender & maraschino cherry leads to fleshy primary fruits with lovely purity. Very tight and fine palate with lashings of fruit freshness, spice and extremely fine compact tannins.  

The Review:

"Cherry pie, raspberry, hazelnuts, spice and dried flower perfume. Medium-bodied, beautiful emery tannin, a distinctly ‘mineral’ feel to this wine, flavoursome yet trim, long cool finish, layers of tannin, spice and perfume trailing. Outstanding."

96pts Gary Walsh The Wine Front