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2019 Western Ridge Grenache Carignan

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$55 Per Bottle

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RRP $65

This is the seventh 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. Our gorgeous contoured, old and gnarly Grenache vines sit at the highest reaches of the Greenock vineyard, and the tiny patch of ancient Carignan sits among the sandy lower area of the property. When the fruit is blended together, we feel the wine has equal part of ambition, audacity and deliciousness. This is not a wine that strives to be the biggest, but simply a wine of beauty that leaves a lasting impression and a yearning for more.

Winemakers Comments

2019 vintage was difficult, with an early frost and prolonged warm, dry conditions over the ripening period. The fruit flavours in this Grenache based blend prove the variety’s tolerance to heat and dry conditions. The small portion of Carignan was picked alongside the Grenache for co-fermentation, to ensure seamless integration of flavours and tannin. Fermentation begins cool, to maintain freshness and ensure adequate time on skins for tannin and flavour extraction. The wine is pressed to older French oak where it remains for 10 months prior to bottling. - Jules Ashmead and Brock Harrison

StyleStunningly pretty and textural wine, with precise acidity to balance
ColourMedium depth red
AromaGlazed cherry and raspberry with a touch of charcuterie
PalateVibrant chewy strawberry fruit with a savoury element. Notes of white chocolate and raspberry with silken tannins to finish.
DrinkDrink now or cellar short to mid term
VarietyGrenache (90%) Carignan (10%)
Vine AgeGrenache - planted 1969, Carignan - planted 1915
SoilFree draining and rich in ironstone. Very sandy in some spots.
RegionGreenock, Barossa Valley
MaturationSeasoned French puncheons, 11 months

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