The Cirillo 1850 Grenache is grown on sandy soils situated in the old “Seigersdorf” area of the Barossa Valley. This single vineyard is believed to be the oldest Grenache vineyard left in the world.There are attractive aromas of dark berry fruit, dried herbs and spice. The palate is medium to full-bodied with intense yet subtle delicate flavors of cherry, aniseed, white pepper and savory notes Matured in aged seasoned hogsheads for 24 months.The Cirillo Grenache is more about the variety than the oak. The tannins are soft and long with great length. The balance between the primary fruit and the acid make this a beautifully seamless wine. One of the few Australian Grenaches that will reward over a decade of cellaring.
Cirillo Grenache Old Vine 1850 2010 (made from the estate’s oldest vines, which date back to at least 1850; aged in used French and American oak hogsheads for two years): Bright purple. Vibrant, mineral-accented aromas of ripe red and dark berries, cherry compote, incense and vanilla, with a subtle floral note in the background. Stains the palate with rich black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors, showing very good clarity and building sweetness. Finishes extremely long and alluringly sweet, with a bright mineral quality and supple tannins.
The Cirillo Family‘s parcel of old-vine Grenache is said to be the oldest in Australia and quite possibly the world! Winemaker Marco Cirillo spends every spare moment pruning and nurturing the 160-year-old vines. The vines, which stand up to 6-feet high, were first planted in 1850 and produce one of this countrys finest Grenache’s. A must have for any wine lover!
As the custodian of some of the world’s oldest Grenache vines, Marco Cirillo has been called the guru of Grenache! The 1850s Grenache, as the name suggests, has fruit that comes from vines that date back over 160 years. Truly remarkable flavours of red fruit, earth and leather notes. An old world feel comes from a glass of this new world Grenache.