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2016 Hentley Farm The Old Legend Grenache

Barossa Valley

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Our Price: $59.99 / bottle (RRP: $62.00) Case: 6 x 750ml

'As intended, the result is a rich and powerful wine with texture and structure to burn... Will be long lived.'
96 Points - James Halliday

  • The Old Legend pays homage to the commonly underrated Barossa Grenach. Various styles and blends of Grenache have been produced in the Barossa for over 150 years and fortunately the Barossa continues to be littered by old vines and old clone vineyards.

    This 100% Grenache wine has been made to showcase how beautiful and powerful Barossa Grenache can be.  

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    When founder Keith Hentschke purchased the property, he was looking for a shallow red brown clay loam soil profile overlaying the limestone to reduce the natural vigour of the vine, allowing vibrancy and intensity to shine in the fruit. The Grenache is selected from a single block approximately 300m above sea level (ASL) situated on an easterly facing slope around 500m from Greenock Creek.

    Components were destemmed on arrival to the winery prior to fermentation. The winemaking was split across three separate fermentations, the major component (65%) was put through an extended maceration lasting a total of 50 days on skins. The second component (20%) was picked late in the season and cold soaked for 5 days before fermentation and the final component (15%) was picked early in the season and put through a short fermentation with a large portion of whole bunch. All three components were pressed directly to oak and put through natural malolactic fermentation followed by 8 months maturation before blending and bottling in February 2016.
    Winemaker, Andrew Quin

    TASTING NOTES

    A pretty nose with notes of raspberry and spice. The palate is full of juicy red fruits with savoury undertones and masculine tannins. Poise and power all rolled into one wine.

  • REVIEWS

    'Estate-grown, 15% picked early with a large percentage of whole bunches in the ferment adding plush fruit and vibrancy, 60% spent 40 days on skins for earth, spice and tannins; 20% was picked late in the season providing richness and colour. As intended, the result is a rich and powerful wine with texture and structure to burn. Closer to traditional style, but without confection. Will be long lived.'
    96 Points - James Halliday

    'Sweet, lush grenache fruit is the hallmark of this wine. Lovely spicy, herbal, raspberry aromas and flavours dominate at first, then a pleasing savouriness chimes in on the back-palate and aftertaste to restore the balance. There's alcohol heat in the finish as well, which seems greater than the stated 14%. A very 'out-there' grenache.'
    92 Points - Huon Hooke



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