The best parcel of Grenache came from a 68 year old vineyard in Krondorf on red to brown clays. Green harvested before veraison by 50% and shoot thinned to ensure ultimate quality of the grapes at time of harvest. Split hand-picked at 14% and 15% potential alcohol over a week. 15% whole-bunch, no crushing or temperature control, natural yeasts, hand plunged and foot trodden twice daily for 3 weeks.
Racked once during elevage of 12 months in 3 year old 500L puncheons and a small addition of old vine Shiraz for balance. Here the Grenache flirts with Burgundy rather than Rhone in its colour, texture and finesse. Bottled unfined and unfiltered under stelvin capsule.
Old bush vine Grenache planted in 1942 by Otto Grocke on a warm site of red to brown cracking clays near Krondorf in the middle of the valley floor. 10% whole-bunch, no crushing or temperature control, natural yeasts, hand plunged daily for 2 weeks. Matured in a single 20 year old wooden foudre (2500L) to preserve the fruit and build texture. Eat your heart out CNDP! Bottled unfined and unfiltered under stelvin capsule.
Deep crimson red. Essence of pure red fruit nose. Pomegranate, spice, fennel bush, liquored and glacéed red cherry. Only medium bodied but round, plump, sweet core of red fruits and profoundly textured mouthfeel. An effortless wine; like eating a Grenache bunch from the vine... Pork, game or poultry will suit. Drink now or up to 10 years. 14.5% Alcohol.
Dark earthy notes, deep dark and meaty raspberries, dark berries, spice, dark berries, spice, berries, spice .... well, you get the idea. Toss in kirsch, touches of cassis, herbs, pepper and that 'wild' earthy edge and you get the idea, this is one interesting, fascinating nose on a wine! Can this really be Barossa Grenache ... its so Southern French, and so intriguing I cannot remember a wine like it! This is the most interesting and intriguing wine I have tried this year, well, for many years perhaps, and just what I think wine should be ... challenging, interesting and individual. Great wine ... full stop ... If you hate surprises, and wish your Barossa reds to taste the same, this is not for you, if you love wine, drop everything and grab this wine! Gavin Trott
2014 will go down as another good vintage for Barossa Grenache, proof positive of just how well suited Grenache is to the region. In the same breath, old vine Grenache is still sold for half as much per tonne - if not less - than old vine Shiraz. I wonder when/if that will change? I know that Torbreck were once throwing big money at the best Barossa Grenache, but that was years ago...
This Gremache comes off old vines at Krondorf.
Dark ruby, it's quite dark coloured for Grenache, the whole wine showing a real substantial thickness, that redcurrant Grenache fruit tempered with firm (for Barossa Grenache) tannins and headlined with coconut oak sweetness in front of the slightly warm fruit. Awfully serious and concentrated Grenache, this just needs some time to come together - it feels too tightly packed for drinking right now. 18 months needed.
Quality stuff regardless.
Details: 14.5%, Screwcap, $45
Tasted: May 2015 (sample)
Score: 17.7/20, 92/100+
... Andrew Graham Ozwinereview
"Once again, the same 70 odd year-old vineyard in Krondorf at the heart of the Barossa has been utilised for the Head Wines Old Vine Grenache and to great effect.
The Barossa Old Vine Charter declares Old Vine to be anything 35 years or older. This is that, and more, being 73 years old and from a vineyard near Krondorf. 20% whole bunch and spent 12 months in a 20 year old 2500L foudre. So many numbers, and luckily they all add up to something great.
Sweet cherries and raspberry, spice, smoked meat, peanuts in their shells, dried flowers and a pleasant kind of sweatiness. Light to medium bodied, confusingly feels succulent and bony at the same time, has a gentle sweetness of red berry fruit, yet a dry stony texture to its fine grained tannin. Lovely clean length. Complex.
Light on its feet. Beautiful to drink. It’s how you make Grenache sing. 95 Points Winefront.com.au