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2015 Purple Hands Barossa Valley Grenache

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Come vintage, every winemaker gets the affliction known as purple hands; these stains of labour make for a fine tattoo of the winemaker’s endeavours. The purple hands behind this wine are a couple of wine loving mates from the Barossa (one of whom happens to be a senior winemaker at another Barossa winery) who have made a classic style of Grenache from their own 20 acre vineyard. It shows cherry, raspberry and earthy notes as well as possessing a really fleshy palate that’s rich and persistent.

Winemaker's Notes

Bright crimson colour leads to a vibrant nose with aromas of strawberry, cranberry and rhubarb, hints of stem that add an interesting complexity note. This medium-bodied wine immediately fills the mouth with sweet berry flavours which bounces over fine fruit, with stem tannin finishing off this bright textural wine.

Cellaring: Drink now or cellar carefully and enjoy over the next 8 years

Blend: 87% Grenache, 13% Mataro

Alc/vol: 14.2%

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2015 Purple Hands Barossa Valley Grenache

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2015 Vintage) says
Elegance is in vogue and it's a wonderful thing. This is raspberried and floral but most importantly, it shows no sign of trying to be anything other than itself. It's at home in its own skin; where it could annoy, instead it pleases.
Drink by 2021
93
The Wine Front (2015 Vintage) says
Spice, peanuts, touch of stalk, juicy red fruits. Medium bodied, nutty and fleshy, sweet berries, but not sweet as such, and the light steminess of the whole bunches tucks it in tight. Acidity is settled and unobtrusive, and the finish is long and grainy. They’ve turned this out beautifully. Great drinking. It’s 93 or 94 points. Could not decide. An indecisive wine critic: just what the world needs. Never mind. Drink it and decide for yourself.
2016 - 2025
93
James Halliday (2014 Vintage) says
Hand-picked ex old bush vines, 30% whole bunches, hand-plunged 9 days, then matured for 9 months in used puncheons. Light, bright crimson-purple, it continues Purple Hands' track record with elegant Barossa Valley grenache, filled with fresh red fruits and a potpourri of spices.
By 2024
Wine Companion
95
James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
Old bush vines, hand-picked, old concrete fermenters, wild yeast, hand-plunged, hot ferment, basket-pressed, old puncheons, 11 months on lees. Outstanding colour for grenache, equally outstanding palate, with a cascade of red berry and plum fruit, and good tannins. A compelling answer to McLaren Vale. Great value.
By 2028
Wine Companion
96
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Bright crimson-purple hue; has had the full works: hand-picked, open-fermented in wax-lined concrete fermenters, wild yeast, hand-plunged, hot ferment, basket-pressed, 11 months on lees in used puncheons. Best of all is the brightness of the red fruits achieved on the bouquet and palate alike with only 13.5% alcohol.
By 2020
Wine Companion
96

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