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Elegant. Floral spice, blueberry and raspberry with a touch of fresh leather.
The 2010 Blewitt Springs Grenache draws texture and depth from this classic, even vintage, whilst its elegance and minerality are hallmarks of the cooler Blewitt Springs district. Initially, the bouquet is slightly closed and surprisingly dark, shot with peaty notes and gamey undertones. A little air quickly liberates the wealth of red and blue fruits bound up within. From this point forth, despite its age, everything appears bright and vibrant, both on the nose and the palate. The mouthfeel is marked by a tantalising acidity and fine, gritty tannins, which further boost the life of this wine. Waves of raspberry, blueberry, mulberry and blackcurrant swim through generous mid palate and then cling onto the gritty tannins to ensure that the flavours ride all the way to a long finish.
Walking the vineyard rows and tasting grapes, Chester Osborn classifies and determines the ideal picking time for each individual vineyard. Small batches are passed through a gentle crusher with some berries remaining whole and then transferred to five-tonne headed-down open fermenters. These batches remain separate until final blending.
Foot treading is undertaken two thirds of the way through fermentation. When tannin extraction is just right the wine is basket pressed and transferred to a mixture of new and used French oak barriques to complete primary and secondary fermentation. The barrel ferments are aged on lees to keep the wine fresh while also reducing the oak influence. There is no racking until final blending with no fining or filtering. Chester and the winemaking team undertake an extensive barrel tasting process to determine which blocks will be selected for these rare wines.
This part of McLaren Vale was surveyed by William Greig Evans who noted the many natural springs. The Blewitt part of the title was in honour of his wife, whose maiden name was Blewitt.