Angove Warboys Shiraz Grenache 2013
COLOUR Red with some purple hues. AROMA Licorice and spice from the shiraz combine with the berry fruit of the Grenache. FLAVOUR Bright cherry and plum fruits, spice and a real taste of the Warboys Vineyard, the wine has soft velvety tannins with great length and depth of fl avour.
Our Warboys Vineyard in McLaren Vale lies in a small picturesque valley. Here the old Shiraz vines of the south facing slope complement the Grenache on the north facing slope. The Shiraz has its roots set in deep loam and river wash with some underlying alluvial clays. In comparison the Grenache faces north and draws nutrients from dark loam over limestone. 2013 was a fantastic vintage in McLaren Vale. The season was mild and dry with yields well down, up to 40% in some areas due to a warmer than usual November aff ecting fruit set. The lower yields meant smaller bunches and berries resulting in grapes with good concentration and fl avour. 2013 marked the fourth year of organic and bio-dynamic management principles at our Warboys Vineyard and we picked Shiraz on the 2nd and 6th of March. The weather was perfect with beautiful 25 degree days and overnight minimums of 13 degrees. Grenache was picked slightly later on the 16th of March.
The Shiraz grapes were hand-picked and spread for triage pre-crushing into small ½ tonne fermenters, which were then placed in a cool room and chilled to between 5 and 10°C, where they stayed for 1 week macerating the skins. When the Grenache arrived, we were then able to co-ferment a small parcel with some Shiraz. Cold Shiraz was placed in the bottom of some small fermenters and the Grenache crushed in on top. This, combined with a couple of fermenters that had whole bunches of Grenache layered on the bottom onto which were crushed more berries, added complexity to the fi nished wine. Both varieties were basket-pressed at the end of fermentation, with the press wine and free run being transferred to older French oak hogsheads and a 1 year old French puncheon. Assemblage was conducted in October 2013.