One of the oldest field blends in the world of Grenache, Mourvedre and Malbec planted more than 150 years ago in 1858. This small block in Springton in the Eden Valley is home to classified ‘Ancestor’ vines, dry grown as bushvines on their original rootstock. The block yields just over 1 ton of grapes in the best of vintages, which are hand-picked into small picking baskets to optimize fruit health.
With only 1200 bottles produced in the best of vintages, this vineyard is a national treasure for wine. It is hand-picked and handcrafted in individual 1 ton fermenters, carefully basket-pressed and matured 18 months in two French oak puncheons. All care is taken to ensure the purity, grace and quality of these old vines is fully expressed in every vintage of this wine.
96 Points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “The 2015 150 Year Old Vines 1858 Field Blend consists of Grenache, Mataro and Malbec, all open fermented and aged 18 months in a single French oak puncheon. On the nose, it boasts terrific, complex aromas ranging from cherries and cinnamon to orange zest and cracked pepper, while on the palate it shows ample weight, concentration and a rich, supple texture. I try to avoid fetishizing old vines (something that’s all too easy to do), but this bottling is truly something special, with a lingering, spice-driven and mouthwatering finish that outdistances any others in the Tanunda portfolio. Drink 2018 – 2030” –
95 Points – James Halliday: “A true field blend, the three varieties (grenache, mourvedre and malbec) planted in 1858. Hand-picked, destemmed, not crushed, 7 days on skins, 18 months maturation in a single French puncheon. On a quality/price/rarity basis the price can be can be seen as reasonable. Drink by 2035”
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