2017 Western Ridge Grenache Carignan
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This is the fifth release of Western Ridge. Giving significance to the place that the wine comes from is integral to the future of the Barossa and, of course, Elderton. The hamlet of Greenock sits on the Western Ridge of the Barossa Valley. We thought it was a nice name to give to our ‘reserve’ Grenache blend – without mentioning the concept of ‘reserve’ which often struggles for meaning in a world full of marketers.
Our vineyard, located in Greenock in the west of the Barossa Valley was added to the Elderton family in 2010 and is a great addition to the portfolio. The 60 acre vineyard has plantings back to 1915 and a terroir that has been in demand by many of the Barossa’s elite winemakers. Estate grown on the old Helbig vineyard; Grenache planted in 1969 and Carignan in 1915.
|Variety||Grenache (89%) Carignan (11%)|
|Vine Age||Grenache - planted 1969, Carignan - over 100 years old|
|Soil||Free draining and rich in ironstone. Very sandy in some spots.|
|Region||Greenock, Barossa Valley|
|Maturation||Old French puncheons, 8 months|
95 Points – Halliday
Grenache’s bumptious hedonism is ably tamed by carignan’s bristling acidity...
93+ Points – Campbell Mattinson
Truth be told, it’s a beautiful wine.
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