XO Wine Co McLaren Vale Grenache 2020 (RRP $32 WM $27.90)

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Cherry red with good intensity and a mild magenta hue

Intense nose of fruits of the forest, plum and dried thyme. Interlaced with savoury notes of oak spice and a touch of vanilla bean.

Rich fruit driven palate showing entwined dark and red fruits, integrated seamlessly with savoury tannins and oak spice. Balanced acidity with excellent drive and length with excellent balance between fruit and secondary bottle aged characters.

Wine Analysis Alcohol: 14.9% pH: 3.46 TA: 6.8

Sourced from a single vineyard and block just North of the Aldinga township, planted on sandy loam with East West Rows and a gentle gradient towards the ocean. The close proximity to the ocean gives cooling influences while the stong sea breezes keep the crop level in check.

Machine picked early in the morning to avoid the mid afternoon heat. Crushed and split into two open fermenters and cold soaked for 48 hours. The fermenters where then inoculated with two yeast strains, a hybrid yeast strain and a Rhone isolate. They were fermented on skins for 10 days and left post ferment on skins for a further five days under inert gas cover. Pressed directly to 2 and 3 year old French Hogs Heads and underwent MLF in oak. The wine was matured on lees in oak for 14 months before being clarified and hand bottled.

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