Location

Longitude 138°53'25” East
Latitude 34°32’33” South
Altitude 281 Feet = 86 Metres

Menagerie of the Barossa Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2017

At the end of our old vine garden path there is a historic Menagerie of three grape varieties, adjoining blocks of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro at Gomersal in the Barossa. After hand-picking selected bunches of our Menagerie field blend in mid March our winemaker Elena Brooks let the whole bunches ferment together in open top fermenters with ambient or other people's yeasts. The wine was hand plunged for 14 days, before basket pressing into old French Oak barriques, to then mature for a further 12 months in the same oak, before bottling without fining or filtration to capture the essence of our vinous Menagerie of the Barossa.

This vintage of our Menagerie of the Barossa has a high level of natural acidity, and is bone dry, it is m̩énage a trois that makes wine truly of its time and place, a wish come true and a looking glass, if you will, and although ready to drink immediately it will also reward cellaring and decanting.

Tasting Notes

The nose is a summer pudding of lifted red fruits, berries and a hit of cinnamon and Asian spice. Wild cherries, Damson plums, mulberries and an impressive structure balanced by spicy oak. The palate is opulent; intense red berries balanced by soft velvety tannins and supple oak with great balance from the acid reknown in Barossa Grenache.

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Awards

  • Critics International Wine Competition 2018 - Best Red Rhone Wine and Gold Medal 93 Points
  • Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018 – Gold Medal, 95 Points
  • San Diego International Wine Challenge 2018 - Gold Medal 93 points
  • Vienna AWC International Wine Challenge 2018 – Gold Medal
  • China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value – Gold Medal
  • New Zealand International Wine Show 2018 - Gold Medal
  • Winemaker Challenge International Winemaker Competition (USA) 2018 – Silver Medal 
  • International Wine and Spirit Challenge 2018 - Silver Medal
  • San Francisco International Wine Competition 2018- Silver Medal
  • New York International Wine Competition 2018 – Silver Medal
  • Cathay Pacific International Wine and Spirit Competition (Hong Kong) 2018 - Silver Medal
  • Perth Royal Wine Awards 2018 – Silver Medal
  • Royal Queensland Wine Show 2018 – Silver Medal
  • China Wine & Spirits Awards 2018 – Silver Medal
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