L’Ombre translates in French to ‘Out of the Sun’ or ‘In the Shade’ perhaps!
There is a real energy to this wine, bright, crunchy, flavoursome and simply delicious Grenache boosted with another layer of meaty darkness and complexity via its old-world companions in Mataro (Mouvedre). A point of difference from our Grenache, a wine of interest and character that brings Mataro out of the shade! Blending is an art that begins in the vineyard, each site and parcel has something unique to offer. We picked the Blewitt Springs Grenache early, the berries had flavour and natural acid, spot-on for minimal intervention winemaking.
The 69% Grenache component of this wine all saw some form of whole bunch fermentation, either resting among whole berries in open fermenters or locked away sans air under carbonic maceration. We are looking for brightness, crunch and layers of structure from the Grenache knowing the Mataro will give us the darker, meatier and fleshy notes that work so well in a GM blend.
The sand over rock of the north-facing Springs Hill vineyard provides us with ripping bright red fruit and aromatics whilst the cooler south-facing 1921 planted Smart vineyard amid heavier loam and limestone introduces natural structure and depth of flavour.
Both vineyards are dry-grown under minimal intervention and tended by the fine gentlemen growers of the Whaite & Smart families.
-Brett Trewartha, Winemaker