Rouleur Grenache

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Rouleur Grenache

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Pinot (I know this is a Grenache, stick with me here) has been our biggest love of 2020 thus far. If Pinot is the life long partner, the soul mate, the rock, then  Grenache is the summer fling. And jeez it is exciting. It is thrilling. Australian Grenache is going through a resurgence. The quality of wines from this new 'wave', this new style, is nothing short of brilliant. The Rouleur Grenache is a classic example of this; bright, lifted fruits. Perfumed; raspberry, musk, almost a bit of a redskins note (remember the confectionary?). Medium bodied. Crunchy finish. Delicious, delicious drinking. Wine shopping is the only place you're allowed a life partner and a summer fling. And you didn't hear it from me. 


Calling all you high rollers. Allow us to introduce one man band Matt East. He grew up in the Yarra Valley, tinkering with his own wine from a young age, dad growing grapes in the back yard. The Rouleur philosophy is tending to pick on the earlier side for a freshness that knocks your socks off without sacrificing flavour. Matt’s rolling/rouleur journey in wine took him from national sales manager for Wirra Wirra to now getting his handy dirty, (cue suit in the bin. Sales script ripped apart. KPIs and spreadsheets deleted.). Rouleur is a tilt of the hat to his dad - lost but not forgotten - and a nod to the road less traveled.


Our new release Grenache hails from two dry grown vineyards, both situated near the Sellicks foothills in the northeasterly edge of McLaren Vale. The 1960’s planted Pruners Hut vineyard sits at roughly 90m elevation, has a north-south aspect with a clear path to the sea. Based in warmer McLaren Flat on soils consisting of pebbly sandstone over ironstone clay, the fruit from here is intensely flavored, structural and contributes 60% of the blend.


Each vineyard parcel was racked off gross lees once during winter and remained separate until blending in December 2019. Our Grenache was lightly fined (using egg whites) and filtered before bottling in early 2020.


Throw out the rule book. Most internet searches are going to lead you to thinking Grenache is high alcohol / low acidity (old school). Not this bad boy. Food friendly. A late afternoon tapas sort of set up will work. Fresh veggies to roasted eggplant, or a red pepper or some hummus.


Vintage 2019 - James Halliday 95 Points 
“Superlative grenache. Mid weight, with that febrile friskiness more reminiscent of elevated Gredos than, say, the Southern Rhône. Briary pithy tannins, tactile and firm, corral an almost ethereal veil of bright red fruits, from raspberry and cranberry to pomegranate, orange zest and bergamot. Pliant, expansive, savoury and long. Great value.”

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