An Approach to Relaxation "Sucette" Grenache 2016
VINTAGE : 2016
COUNTRY : Australia
REGION/APPELLATION : Barossa Valley
VARIETALS : Grenache
"Grenache is one of the world's most widely planted grapes & at it's best, it is one of the great wines of the world. That said, there are actually very few examples worthy of bestowing such a designation upon them.We believe that the prettiest of all Grenache comes from old vines grown in sandy soils.In sand the colors are lighter...
(& who cares, you neither taste nor smell color) & the wine develops all of the beautiful, floral, high-toned aromatics that give allure & sex appeal.We have come to regard it as the well-endowed, warm climate analogy of Pinot Noir.We make the trek from Amsterdam to South Australia in order to work with some of the oldest Grenache vines on the planet, growing in sandy soils.
Our own vineyard, The Rza Block (estimated to have been planted between 1860-1880), is situated in the heart of the Vine Vale in the Barossa Valleyin deep, white beach-like sand. The vines are head-trained, own-rooted and dry-grown.
Harvest is a fairly simple affair, pick the grapes & haul them across the country road to the winery...A pass through the traditional Barossan basket press & then the wine hangs out for a year or so in only old French oak barrels.
In keeping with the belief that it's not what you wear, it's how you wear it, we believe the 'old' barrels give the wine time to find itself, preserve the purity of soil & grape, & set itself up for longevity.
The result is an elegant, sumptuous, sexy, delicious bottle that finds its way onto our table rather frequently." Richard and Carla Betz