Reed Alexia Grenache 2018
$49.90 inc. GST
95/100 – Bob Campbell MW
91/100 – James Suckling
“Made from fruit grown on two Barossa Valley vineyards 11km apart. One has sandy soils, the other has red earth soils. Smooth-textured grenache with raspberry, violet, floral, spice and pepper flavours. An elegant rather than blockbuster style with impressive power evidenced by a lengthy finish. Delicious now but no rush.” – Bob Campbell MW
“Raspberries in abundance here. Very rich and fleshy with lots of smooth, gently sinewy tannins. Pastry-like texture at the finish. Drink now. Screw cap.” – James Suckling
“During this vintage, I decided to make Grenache from two sites 11km away from one another. The aim was to show how soil types can translate quite differently through the same grape. In Vine Vale, the soils are sandy, therefore the wine tends to be silty, minerally, bright and red fruited. In Marananga, the soils are rich and deep red, expressing concentrated blue fruits and spice. The focus has always been about single varietal, single vineyard wines, but at the end of the day the marriage of the two created perfect balance that could not be ignored.” – Sierra Reed
Tasting Note: 25% from the young Tscharke Family vineyard in Stonewell and 75% from the 100 plus year old Schlieb’s Garden vineyard in Vine Vale. Light garnet colour in the glass. Aromas of rose petal, cherry, pomegranate, sweet spice, dustings of pink pepper, light bouquet garni notes and cold old terracotta and earth. Bright and juicy with immediate appeal and complexity perhaps masked by its deliciousness.
Winemaking Notes: Handpicked, wild fermentation, 100-150 year old vines in Vine Vale Vineyard, 10-15 year old vines in Marangananga Vineyard, aged in large format old French oak, unfined and unfiltered. 2,450 litres total production.
Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia