2019 Poppelvej 'Rookie', McLaren Vale, Australia
This is the wine if you are on the hunt for a lighter and more unique expression of Grenache that has been popularized by the vanguard of McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills young-guns. This wine is fascinating with a fine-boned, unique perfume; a storm of amaro and crushed herb notes amongst the just ripe cherry fruit profile. It is named 'Rookie' as it was the first (and only) wine that Uffe made when they started out in 2016.
The fruit comes from the 'Lot 13 Vineyard' in Willunga right off of Hanh Road. The fruit was handpicked and fermented 100% whole-cluster with ambient yeast in small one ton fermenters. The bunches were very tight and foot stomping turned basically into a trampoline party trying to break up the berries. After ten days on skins the free run juice was poured off and the rest of the 'matter' was lightly pressed to tank to settle. Both parcels were combined and aged for five months in neutral French barriques. It was racked to tank and hit with a small dose of sulfur and left to age for an additional month. It was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Region: McLaren Vale (Willunga sub-region)
Grapes: 100% Grenache – Yeenunga Clone
Vineyard: Lot 13 Vineyard
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Brown, sandy loam over orange clay
Vine Age: 22-years-old
Fermentation: Native yeast – 100% whole-cluster in one-ton stainless steel fermenters
Aging: 5 months in neutral French barriques - 1 month in Stainless Steel tank
Total Acidity: 6.68 grams per liter
Total SO2: 30 ppm
Production: 100 cases