The 5OS Project 2018 Grenache
Colour: Medium ruby with purple hints
Nose: Medium nose of fresh strawberry jam, cranberry, cherry, citrus rind and fresh green herbs. Just the slightest hint of wet earth and charry oak at the back. A bit of tomato bush and black pepper as well. Somewhat subdued at the moment but still lovely.
Palate: upfront fruit greets you and travels down the middle of the palate. Dark fruits prevail but there are hints of the red fruitiness that makes Grenache so. Structurally tight right but showing signs of greatness, especially at this price. Will settle I think. The tannins are tight and a touch bitter but this is going to be a goodie.
2018 was a really good year for Mclaren Vale Grenache, this wine is made up of a variety of different ferments all from the same vineyard, some whole berry (for aromatics) some cold soaking (for structure and intensity). All ferments were given 2 x daily pump overs at the beginning of fermentation and 1 x pump over, 1 x plunge towards the end. Once dry pressed to tank to settle for 48 hrs before going into old neutral French oak for malo. Once malo was completed we racked off gross lees and left to mature in barrel.
The 2018 5oS Grenache & the 2018 Loom SV Grenache are both off the same vineyard with virtually the same treatment the only difference being that for the 5oS Grenache we selected barrels that were more on the savoury spectrum with structure and depth while the Loom SV we selected barrels on the fruity spectrum with lift and aromatics.
Oak: Neutral French Hogs Heads (300L) with NO new oak pH: 3.55 TA: 5.66g/L ALC: 14.27% RS: 0.9g/L Vineyard: The late Loom vineyard Age of vines: 40-60yrs old Soil composition: sandy top soil into rich red clay