The family Grenache block on Thiele Road in Bethany remains one of Jason’s favourite blocks. The gnarled, old vines were planted in 1941 and they produce fantastic fruit. The grapes are hand picked before the short trip to the winery (about 2km) where 15 per cent was set aside for the whole bunch ferment and the remainder of the fruit was gently de-stemmed into an open fermenter.

The wild yeast ferment wasn’t in a hurry, so there was an extended maceration. When the ferment did begin there were gentle pump-overs in the morning and hand plunges in the afternoon. The wine was basket pressed and matured in seasoned French oak for 18 months before bottling.

Gorgeous maraschino cherry nose mixed with a soft sweet spice mix. Bright red cherry is generous on the palate and is accompanied by elegant lengthy drying tannins.

Variety: 100% Grenache Vintage: 2015 Region: Barossa Valley Alcohol: 14% Production: 2480 bottles

James’ Halliday’s 2018 Wine Companion – 92 Points

Schwarz Thiele Road Grenache 2015