Waterford Grenache Noir 2015
Plush red cherry and exotic fruits, with touches of earthy clove spice. The palate has earthy, savory flavours along with delicate try tannins and soft freshness to carry the fruit. Pairs very well with local venison complimented with elements of bacon, cloves and a stewed fruit chutney.
Good long winter, but late rains and cold delaying pruning. Great windless conditions experienced for flowering resulted in a high yield vintage. February temperatures were extremely hot pushing ripening and this made for a quick harvest. Highest recorded tonnages for Waterford Estate. Whites challenging but the red wines have impressed.
The vineyard was planted in 2004 in soils reminiscent of Spain’s arid, rocky soils that consist mostly of sandstone and granite parent material. Challenging growing conditions tend to help Grenache vineyards thrive. This vineyard reached maturity in 2013/2014, and now produces smaller bunches and berries that give more concentrated and mature flavours. The wine is aged in roughly 30% porcelain jars, as well as large 500l old French oak barrels for a period of 14 months.
Cultivars: Grenache Noir
Quantity: 650 cases
Wine Analysis: Alc 13.3%
TA 4.9 g/L
RS 2.1 g/L