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2012 Cirillo 1850 Old Vine Grenache

2012 Cirillo 1850 Old Vine Grenache

96-97 Points - James Suckling
96 Points - Huon Hooke

94 Points - Mike Bennie
93 Points - Joe Czerwinski

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  • The Cirillo family moved to the small district of Light Pass in 1970. Vincent Cirillo became the custodian of an exceptional Grenache vineyard that was planted in 1848, today it is noted to be the oldest surviving and producing Grenache parcel in the world. Today the wines are made by his son, Marco, who has remained true to the family legacy of making wines that exemplify the place and spirit of the region.

    The Cirillo 1850 Grenache grown on sandy soils situated in the old “Seigersdorf” or “Light Pass” area of the Barossa Valley. This single vineyard is believed to be the oldest Grenache vineyard le in the world.


    The Cirillo Grenache is more about the variety than the oak. The tannins are so and long with great length. The balance between the primary fruit and the acid make this a beautifully seamless wine that mimics Rhone styles. One of the few Australian Grenaches that will reward over a decade of cellaring. 

    Varietes: Grenache
    Alcohol: 14.2% alc/vol
    Total Acidity: 7.8 gms/l
    Residual Sugar: 0.03 gms/l


    There are aromas of dark berry fruit, dried herbs and spice. The palate is medium to full‐bodied with intense yet subtle delicate flavours of cherry, aniseed, white pepper and savoury notes. Matured in aged seasoned hogsheads for 24 months.


    'This delivers an immediate sense of depth on the nose, stacking up blackberries, dark cherries, mulberries and warm baking spices with hints of fresh saddle leather and chocolate. The palate has depth of flavor in a precisely framed structural core, and the tannins are sturdy and smooth in that old-vine way. This builds and holds in impressive fashion, as blackberries and plums lift to a redder-fruit finish. Plenty of spices, too. Drink now to 2030+.'
    96-97 Points - James Suckling

    'Recognised as the oldest grenache vines in the world. Hello. Good year for red stuff in the Barossa too, as we know. Well, for the most part. An anticipated wine for me, generally. And love the old school winemaking approach. Savoury scented, game meat, red berries, currants, pepper, herbal notes, paprika spice. Incredible volume of perfume. Concentrated flavours but gentle in the palate, fine, long in flavour, precision and yet a suppleness. It’s very elegant, very fresh, ripples with silty tannins. Superb wine.'
    94 Points - Mike Bennie

    'Medium deep red with a tinge of purple. Raspberry, red cherry and peppermint aromas. Medium full bodied and very intense, fine, delicious. Gentle tannins. No obvious oak. An utterly gorgeous red wine.'
    96 Points - Huon Hooke

    'The current release of Cirillo's most famous wine, the 2012 Ancestor Vines 1850 Grenache features aromas of pomegranate and raspberry. Medium to full-bodied, it's crisp and silky, picking up some herbal notes on the long finish.'
    93 Points - Joe Czerwinski