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Schwarz Wine Company Thiele Road Grenache

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Schwarz delves into single vineyard Barossa with this grenache. The fruit comes from some gnarly dude vines planted in 1946, so there's a fair bit of concentration of fruit here. Scents of plums and red berries float out of the glass, together with some soft spices and florals. The palate is more medium-bodied with those red fruits and spices making another appearance with some savoury oak, before a dry, fleshy finish. 

Winemaker's Notes

The family Grenache block on Thiele Road in Bethany re-mains one of Jason Schwarz’s favourite blocks. The gnarled, old vines were planted in the 1940s and they produce fantastic fruit.

The grapes are handpicked before the short trip to the winery (about 2km) where 15% was set aside for whole bunch ferment and the remainder of the fruit was gently de-stemmed into an open fermenter. The wild yeast ferment wasn’t in a hurry, so there was an extended maceration. When the ferment did begin there were gentle pump-overs in the morning and hand-plunges in the afternoon. The wine was basket pressed and matured in seasoned French oak for 18 months before bottling.

Appearance: Dark cherry/purple with lighter brick-red edges.

Nose: Starts out with subtle sour cherry notes, opens up to wild plum, prune and a hint of bright raspberry. Underneath there are layers of lightly-smoked and slightly-minty meats.

Palate: This is a medium-weight wine, and while it is not fruit-forward, there are bright and lifted red raspberry and cherry flavours within a nice line of subtle earthy and tarry notes. The impact of the 15% whole-bunch ferment is evident through the subtle, grippy tannin and hints of green peppercorn and star anise spiciness.

Only 250 Cases made.

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Schwarz Wine Company Thiele Road Grenache

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
The family-owned Thiele Road Vineyard, situated at Bethany Creek at the foot of the Barossa Ranges, grows 70-year-old deep-rooted Grenache vines. Fermented with wild yeast and whole bunch inclusion, basket- pressed and not filtered, the wine is closer to traditional Barossa Grenache than Meta, but is its own master, with its luscious varietal fruit and rounded finish. 250 dozen made.
93
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
92
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
To 2014
Australian Wine Companion 2013
87
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
92
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
A small production (110 cases) of grenache from 60-year-old vines out Bethany way in the Barossa. Soulful red fruits - cranberry and raspberry - really pure and fragrant, and gently spiced and settled. Beautifully pure ripe red fruits on the palate, with a silky web of tannin and lingering flavour.
The Good Wine Guide 2011
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Typically light hue, and typically light-bodied, but has more definition to the spicy red fruits, and less outrightconfection flavour. Nowhere near McLaren Vale in style, but better than many Barossa counterparts.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
91
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
The name 'Thiele' has to be one of the more evocative names in Australian literature, but it's also a dusty track at the foot of the Barossa ranges. Wines like this are just so easy, and satisfying, to quaff. We should celebrate them more. It's earthen and raspberried, jammy and spicy with a silken texture and fresh acid through the finish. Massaged tannin. A warmhearted earthy wine crying out for the dinner table.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
92
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Lots of appealing cherry and raspberry red fruit flavours, and no cosmetic characters; good tannins and length; impressive.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
91

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