Approach to Relaxation Sucette Grenache


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Vine Vale
South Australia


from the winery: Grenache is one of the world’s most widely planted grapes & at its best, it is one of the great wines of the world. That said, there are actually very few examples worthy of bestowing such a designation upon them.

It takes all of the right ingredients, including such things as soil, climate, & a soft touch in the winery. The soil, in particular, matters a ton.

We believe that the prettiest of all Grenache comes from old vines grown in sandy soils.

In sand the colors are lighter (& who cares, you neither taste nor smell color) & the wine develops all of the beautiful, floral, high-toned aromatics that give allure & sex appeal.

We have come to regard it as the well-endowed, warm climate analogy of Pinot Noir.

We make the trek from Amsterdam to South Australia in order to work with some of the oldest Grenache vines on the planet, growing in sandy soils.

Our own vineyard, The Rza Block (estimated to have been planted between 1860 and 1880), is situated in the heart of the Vine Vale in the Barossa Valley in deep, white beach-like sand. The vines are head-trained, own-rooted and dry-grown.

Harvest is a fairly simple affair—pick the grapes & haul them across the country road to the winery, where we ferment, partially whole-cluster, in outdoor open-top fermenters.

A pass through the traditional Barossan basket press & then the wine hangs out for a year or so in only old French oak barrels.

In keeping with the belief that it’s not what you wear, it’s how you wear it, we believe the ‘old’ barrels give the wine time to find itself, preserve the purity of soil & grape, & set itself up for longevity.

The result is an elegant, sumptuous, sexy, delicious bottle that finds its way onto our table rather frequently.

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