Yalumba Vine Vale Barossa Valley Grenache 2022
95 POINT RATED DAVE BROOKES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION FROM 5 RED STAR HALLIDAY RATED WINERY
- 95 Point Rated Dave Brookes Halliday Wine Companion
- 94 Point Rated Stuart Knox The Real Review
- 94 Point Rated Gary Walsh The Wine Front
- 94 Point Rated Tyson Stelzer WBM
Barossa Valley, South Australia
|Drink now or cellar for 7 - 10 years
In 2022, the two blocks were wild fermented separately - the first 31% whole bunch, the second 20% whole bunch fruit, resulting in this outstanding expression of Vine Vale Grenache. Bright ruby purple in colour. Pretty red cherries and blue berry fruits with the subtle scent of red grapefruit are intriguingly combined with suggestions of savoury herbs and spices. The palate is plush, juicy and succulent. Red and blue fruits are entwined in mocha flavours with bright acidity and fine, powdery tannins. Pair with red wine spaghetti with walnuts and parsley, coq au vin or charred vegetable ragu.
Good rains from June to August replenished ground water, allowing the vines to happily start their growing season. Spring was warm to mild with some rain that kept moisture levels up. Summer and autumn were cool to mild and dry, ideal for slow ripening and achieving the perfect ripeness of flavour and natural acidity. This old vine Grenache was crafted from two blocks on our Tri-Centenary Vineyard, planted in 1949 and 1929, in the tiny Barossa Valley subregion of Vine Vale. The vineyard features deep sandy loam layers underlain with red-brown clay. These soils tend to be deep, holding an abundance of water that is essential for early season growth. With careful management, these dry grown, low organic matter soils can consistently produce outstanding quality fruit.
95 Point Rated - Dave Brookes Halliday Wine Companion
"Vine Vale has a solid reputation for producing outstanding grenache. With sandy soils lying in the lee of the eastern range, the fruit produces wines of great perfume, which of course is what the variety is all about. Old vines here (1929 and 1949 plantings) and the glory of whole bunch fermentation on full display. Fragrant and great drinking with supple red cherry, dark plum and raspberry fruits cut with exotic spice, citrus blossom, Campari-esque tones, cola, gingerbread and earth. Savoury and composed with super-powdery tannins and a spicy, red-fruited exit with just a hint of roasting meats. Geez, grenache is great drinking."
94 Point Rated - Stuart Knox The Real Review
"Very bright ruby red in the glass. Fragrant and aromatic with notes of crushed raspberry, rose petals and dried thyme jumping from the glass. Light to medium weight with a delightfully supple and silken flow across the tongue. The aromatics are repeated on the palate along with a deeper anise spice lingering into the long finish."
94 Point Rated - Gary Walsh The Wine Front
"From bush vines planted in 1949 with some whole bunch in the mix. I like this wine a little more than the 2021 Tri-Centenary, as it has a little more tension and freshness to it. Also, it costs around $30 less.Red fruit, new leather, sage and rosemary perfume, a twist of orange peel and spice. The texture here is excellent, with a dry grainy sort of pumice stone texture, a little amaro mingling with ripe red berries, and a tight and stony finish of excellent length. Curious thing to say, but kind of like a Central Otago Pinot Noir!"
94 Point Rated - Tyson Stelzer Wine Business Monthly Magazine
"These grand old vines of 73 and 93 years of age have come alive in the cool 2022 season, brimming with depth of spice and the potpourri fragrance of whole bunch fermentation. I love the way it effortlessly unites reverberating depth and kaleidoscope complexity with energy and verve. A long finish is held in suspended animation by fine-grained tannins."
93 Point Rated - Huon Hooke The Real Review
"Bright medium-full red-purple colour with a slightly smoky/reductive aroma, morphing into a tarry note, the tannins firm and persuasive adding length and grip and the structure to handle heartier foods. This has lots of body and presence, a trace of gumleaf and dark fruits beneath: a more serious style of grenache that would take some cellar time."