QUALITY RELEASE 2021 Grenache Shays Flat
Over the last 5-10 years or so Grenache has really been jumping into my repertoire of influential drinking, Im definitely not alone here, producers such as Eric Pfifferling, Gramenon, Predres Blanques, Bruno Duchêne just to name a few have all been very inspiring, they have such a fine focus on growing excellent grapes with the best farming practice to produce exciting vinous cuveés.
So when the call came in from Cory Hope who manages the Shays Flat & Landborough vineyards under organic certification that the Grenache was going to be available to us, I couldn’t of jumped quicker at the chance! The whole idea here is just to make a delicious red wine that speaks of Grenache that is very Shays Flat, 20% whole bunch, open concrete fermenters, one pump over per day very gentle, indigenous yeasts, basket pressed after 12 days, élevage for 12 months in 228L & 500L Casks, estate bottled after 3 months in tank with a small amount of sulphur. Pretty stoked with the results of this wine & really exciting to see it evolve over the course of time.
Mike Bennie - The Wine Front - Rated : 95 Points 14 July 2023.
From the Pyrenees and the (organic certified) Shay’s Flat Vineyard. Owen Latta, winemaker, does this wonderful thing of typing out his notes on each wine, often voluminous, and printing them and sticking the notes to the bottle. I love that. There’s 20% whole bunch here. Twelve days on skins.
It’s so fragrant, sour and sweet red cherries, rose hip tea, anise, fennel, white pepper, blood orange. Love it. The tension in the palate is fantastic, it feels so fresh, so refreshing, meaty, rose hip tea, cherry, those piquant anise/fennel notes again. Wow. Succulent texture, understated but superb, succulent tannin profile that shapes things and tightens it all so well. Multi-dimensional grenache. Some weight here, some richness, but geez, this delivers so, so well. Unreal.