Head Wines Ancestor Vine Grenache 2015
The wine is 95% Grenache and 5% Mataro (Mourvedre). The fruit was handpicked and 20% whole-bunch (ie. uncrushed fruit) was included in the ferment, which was carried out using wild yeasts in an open vat. The ferment was hand plunged and foot trodden twice daily for 2 weeks. It was then aged for 17 months in old oak, 600L demi-muid. A small addition of Mourvedre was made for balance. It was bottled unfined and unfiltered under stelvin capsule. Only 2 barrels were made. 14.5% alcohol.
“A deep color foreshadows a wealth of concentrated raspberries and red fruit on the nose, as well as poached cherries and swish, cedary oak influence that's well fitted. There are some darker blackberries too and a swathe of mountain herbs and chalky edge. This is super pure. The palate's glossy and crunchy, offering striking primary purity for now and impeccable balance. There are a lot of sweet but tart red fruits within the raspberry/cherry spectrum, and smoothly rendered tannins provide a lot of depth and detail. Tangy, juicy and very bright acidity. Full of concentrated flesh and pulpy Grenache goodness. Superb wine. Drink now and through to 2025+.” 97 points, James Suckling.