Tierhoek Old Vine Project Grenache 2019
Produced from one of the oldest blocks of Grenache in the country, officially certified by the Old Vine Project (OVP) as being planted in 1977 but with an estimated history going back closer to the mid 60’s.
A patchwork of unirrigated organically farmed bush vines on decomposed sandstone, this wine is truly part of our viticultural heritage. The wine was made with as little interference as possible. Sponatioasly fermented and matured for only nine months in old barrels. To allow the best possible expression of this old vineyard.
The wine is pale ruby in colour with that characteristic raspberry and strawberry nose, a touch of dried orange peel and the unmistakable smell of dust on a farm road after a long dry spell.
The palate is dry, with dusty fine-grained tannin and a surprising amount of refreshing acidity that leads to concentrated flavours of bright red fruit that opens up to a mouthful of potpourri, violets and dried orange peel before ending in a slightly herbal finish.
This is a very good wine, verging on outstanding, and fascinating for its uniqueness. It can be drunk now but will benefit from upwards of seven years of careful cellaring.
Serve in a burgundy glass, at 16℃ - 18℃.