Paisley Velvet Grenache 2016
93 points Mike Bennie & Tyson Stelzer
The colour is mid red. The perfumed nose exhibits floral characters, raspberry fruit and savoury notes. The medium bodied palate has typical varietal Grenache characters, with upfront raspberry fruit, hints of liquorice and sweet Indian spices such as clove and cardamom. The mid palate has impressive texture and depth, which resonate throughout the whole palate. The flavours and velvety tannins are well balanced and flow through to a long finish. This wine has excellent ageing potential; it drinks well now but will continue to improve with careful cellaring for the next seven to ten years.
2016 will be remembered as one of the great Barossa vintages. The growing season had an excellent start, with the vines happy and healthy due to the good winter rains filling the soil profile. Spring and summer were warm and dry, perfect for the red grapes to accumulate plenty of flavour, colour and tannins. The perfect conditions extended all the way through to picking, so we were able to pick the grapes at optimum ripeness.
The Paisley Velvet Grenache was picked from a vineyard at the Southern end of the Barossa which has classic Grenache growing soil, a sandy loam. Grenache vines planted in this soil type produce some amazing quality wine. The 70 year old vines this wine is made from have very low crops, with only a few bunches per vine, resulting in a concentrated, textural and complex wine.
The Paisley Velvet Grenache is fermented in a few separate batches so different winemaking techniques can be employed to build complexity and depth of flavour into the wine. Whole bunches have been used to enhance the fruit characters in the wine. Post ferment maceration was employed to build the texture and mouthfeel. Just like all the Paisley Wines, wild fermentation has been encouraged. The wine was atured in used French hogsheads to preserve the pure essence and character of the wine. The wine naturally clarified, so no bottling filtration was required. The wine was bottled at twelve months of age to present the wine in its purist form.