An Approach to Relaxation Grenache 2017

Old vine Barossa grenache from sandy soils.

"A very good Barossa Valley grenache, which covers all the bases" - James Halliday (of the 2016 vintage)

Australia, SA, Barossa Valley
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"Grenache as it really should be: super aromatic, pretty as heck, supple & yet full of verve. Think of it like better, more luscious Pinot Noir...

Our own vineyard, The Rza Block (planted between 1860-1880), is situated in the heart of the Vine Vale in deep, white beach-like sand. The vines are head-trained, own-rooted and dry-grown, having struck a natural balance with their surroundings after 150 years or so of cohabitation.

Harvest is a fairly simple affair, pick the grapes & haul them across the country road to the winery where we ferment, partially whole-cluster, in fermenters that are open to the sun rays, moon beams, bees - all of it. A pass through the old basket press & then the wine hangs out 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, delicious bottle that finds it's way onto our table rather frequently. We hope you enjoy it too."

An Approach to Relaxation



Review for the 2016 vintage (no review yet for 2017):


"100% old vine grenache ex the sandy soils of Vine Vale, 25% whole bunches, basket-pressed, matured for 12 months in used French oak. Clear colour (apart from cork dust) signals a very good Barossa Valley grenache, which covers all the bases. It refreshingly (and deceptively) sends its message of succulent red fruits of every kind, and no confection to trade off. The palate is very long, as is the lingering aftertaste." 95 Points


- James Halliday, Aug 2018