Yalumba Rare & Fine The Tri-Centenary 2017

A true individual showcasing the essence of Grenache. Sourced from vines that were planted in 1889, from our Nursery Vineyard.

About the Vineyard

The Tri-Centenary (Nursery) vineyard, located in the heart of the Barossa Valley, is the source of the Tricentenary Grenache. This single vineyard Grenache has been crafted from grapes sourced from the block we call VG05. This block, of approximately 2 acres, comprises some 820 gnarly old bush vines that were planted in 1889. The Tri-Centenary (Nursery) vineyard features deep sandy loam layers underlain with red-brown clay. These soils are generally very deep and hold large volumes of water within their pores, which then easily provides water early in the season, essential for good growth. As temperatures increase and evaporation levels rise, moisture levels in the sand decrease 
rapidly, but the vine is able to then draw moisture from the underlying clay. With careful management, these low organic matter soils, dry grown, can consistently produce outstanding quality fruit.

 

Wine Production

The grapes were hand picked and crushed to our 8 tonne open top stainless steel fermenters.  The natural or 'wild'  yeasts present on the grape skins were allowed to initiate the sugar fermentation.  Cultured winery yeasts were then added to complete the fermentation.  Depending on the particular year, the wine may then remain on skins post-fermentation for an extended period of time, which may be up to 2 - 3 months. 

Tasting Notes

Beguilingly aromatic with red pomegranates, sour cherries and stalk notes, preceding seductively perfumed, potpourri florals and oriental spice. The palate is driven with acidity, flavor and minerality. Mouth-filling and layered, the palate mixes soft, powdery tannins with the juiciness of Grenache.

Food Pairing

Enjoy with twice-cooked pork belly or roasted beetroot soup and soured macadamia cream.

Production Info
Production area/appellation
Barossa Valley
Vineyard name
Tricentenary Vineyard
Soil composition
Sandy-Loam layers underlain with red-brown clay
Elevation
500 feet
Average Vine Age
123 years
Year vineyard planted
1889
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Grenache
Prefermentation Technique
1-3 days on skins pre fermentation before wild yeast start to ferment
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Fining agent
Vegan
Type of aging container
Hogsheads
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
10 months
Certifying Organizations
ISO14001; Entwine Australia
Sustainability Certification
EPA Acredited Sustainability Licence
Analytical Data
Alcohol
14 %
pH level
3.59
Acidity
5.52 g/L

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