The focus of this wine is the Grenache with the other varieties adding structure and complexity to the overall blend. Grenache, 87%, had partial whole bunch fermentation and aged in older french oak barrels. Whole bunch fermentation gives the wine its vibrant red berry characteristics. Careful use of Shiraz, 10%, adds structure to the wine and the Mourvedre, 3%, adds spiciness. Grenache is one of the traditional varieties of McLaren Vale so it is with great pride that we now add this blend to the Jericho portfolio.
The Grenache fruit comes from two very old McLaren Vale vineyards that are 85 and 40 year old vines. The vines are old bush vines and have never been irrigated in their time. This produces intensity in the Grenache portion of the wine. Shiraz and the Mourvedre fruit are typical McLaren Vale, strong and fruit driven.
Grenache together with the whole bunch fermentation adds the focus of this blend. The fruit character of Grenache is red berry type fruit and softness on the palate. Grenache produces very elegant wines but with a great power of fruit. Shiraz adds structure and complexity and Mourvedre adds spice and gamey characteristics. We were very careful that neither the Shiraz nor Mourvedre were to dominate the blend but to add subtle complexity to the Grenache.