2011 Woodstock 'The OCTOgenarian' Grenache Tempranillo
For decades we and our neighbours tended to our frugal Grenache vines on sandy soils at Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale. Commonly referred to as 80 year old vines, or “Perpetual Octogenarians”, their pedigree of quality became more evident over the decades. When the opportunity arose to become the next custodians of more of these meagre cropping, gnarly vines, the Collett family embraced them in 1988. We nurture these rarely respected Octogenarians and enjoy their lasting characters. Long live OCTO!
Made traditionally from chiefly low cropping Grenache grapes, the addition of 15% Tempranillo for savoury tannins, plus a dash of soft Shiraz and a hint of leafy Cabernet Sauvignon adds spice and complexity. The attractive berry flavours of Grenache are lengthened and enhanced by these varieties, without any strong oak influence.
Light cerise in colour with youthful violet hues, medium bodied in style and food friendly.
Animated, pungent aromas of cherries, ginger and pomegranates which continue on the palate with a delicate touch of cinnamon and white pepper spice, supple yet textural. Released young to capture the vibrant berry fruits and spice. The addition of 15% Tempranillo helps tighten the finish and lengthen the palate of this Grenache.
Cellaring will also be rewarded for 4 to 5 years as the secondary characters evolve in bottle.
The zesty spice of this blend could match many flavoursome dishes such as a Seafood Paella.
Scott Collett & Ben Glaetzer
85% Grenache 15% Tempranillo
Acidity 6.1 g/L
Residual Sugar 1.8 g/L