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Paralian Wine Grenache
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. 2022 is our fifth release of this single vineyard wine.
Hand-picked fruit, wild-fermented in a 133-year-old wax lined concrete open fermenter, 19% whole bunch, remainder of fruit destemmed whole berry on top. Gentle cap management with daily hand plunges with the occasional pump over during the peak of ferment over a period of 16-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 a 16 year old 2600L French oak foudre.
Pure high tone ripe raspberry fruits with Thai basil and blueberry. There’s the site specific cinnamon bark & African spice rack notes but the depth and darkness of fruits is more profound this year. Acidity punctuates a fresh drive of primary fruits with great depth and a lovely talcy tannin profile tucks this all in. One of the purest Marmont releases to date.
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