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Smalltown Vineyards "Songlines" Barossa Valley Grenache 2019

Smalltown Vineyards "Songlines" Barossa Valley Grenache 2019

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Country : Australia
Region : Barossa Valley, South Australia
Style : Red Wine
Grape : Grenache
Volume : 750 ml
Alcohol : 14.5%

About the Vineyard
Smalltown Vineyards express many of the Barossa’s prized districts form Gomersal, Kalimna as well as the Eden Valley and beyond. They work with exceptional vineyards that simply expressed using minimal intervention, basket press where relevant, and natural ferments in open top fermenters, striving to best capture all of the Barossa’s magical flavors.

About the Wine
Pure old vine Barossa Grenache, naturally fermented with some 30% in whole bunch for a crunch of freshness. Fruit sourced from an 80-year-old vineyard in the heart of the valley floor near Nuriootpa. Basket pressed to only seasoned oak where malolactic fermentation is completed naturally before being racked and returned to same barrels for a short stay before being bottled un-fined and unfiltered. The label is all about the ancient tradition of mind-maps and long journeys remembered in a song. The ancient peoples of Australia navigated the vast emptiness of the continent using mind maps; instructions remembered in song and passed down the generations. A kind of pre-GPS TomTom. This enticing wine celebrates this near-lost tradition and the Barossa’s well-trodden red earth in its deep, warbling fruit, a very song of the soil. to reflect the wine warbling, joyous fruit.

Details from Kate Burgess (Boutinot International)

Tom White has been making wine since 2002, making wine for his family’s winery in the Adelaide Hills, where he made Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot, Semillon and Chardonnay. Tom then established his own contract winemaking business in 2008 and made wine all over South Australia in the Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, Riverland and, of course, the Barossa Valley where Tom finally put down some roots. In 2012 Tom purchased a vineyard in Marananga, a small town nestled in the heart of the Barossa between Seppeltsfield, Greenock and Stonewell making the wine at Rolf Binder the Winery before Tom’s own winery The Curator Wine Company began operating in 2020. Tom’s focus on special sites, basket presses, natural ferments, minimal intervention, indeed as little work as possible dovetails neatly with Smalltown’s existing philosophy of lazy, feet-up winemaking and Rolf ’s established practices.

Happily in January 2022 Rolf Binder the Human donned his winemaker’s stubbies once more and is now working with Tom at The Curator Wine Co on our very own Smalltown Vineyards! Yay! Rolf ’s sister Christa is still hugely involved in the Riesling and Chardonnay whilst Rolf tinkers with the reds whilst Tom runs the show. We will continue to evolve the Smalltown Vineyards range and labels to reflect the specific strengths and passions of this new partnership. There are some great old vineyards new to us this year to exploit as well as the ongoing wealth of experience, joy and handsomeness that Rolf and Christa bring to Tom’s contemporary winery.

Tasting Note:
A juicy nose of cranberries, pomegranate with hints of star anise and black pepper. The palate is a bright wash of berries and crushed graphite. An expressive, primary and bright Barossa Grenache.

Food Pairing:
The perfect match for herb infused grilled meat and ratatouille or pasta dishes.

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