2017 Ben Murray "Anima" Single Vineyard Grenache | 6 pack
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This story of this wine is extraordinarily long, so I need to be careful not to bore. Basically I spent some formative years in Lyndoch in the Barossa Valley. Our friends and next door neighbours one day decided to move out of the town to a small property on top of a hill nearby. They planted a grenache vineyard in the 1970's just as the SA Government was paying people to pull out aged grenache vineyards that were considered past their time. For years after we moved to Adelaide, I used to take my teenage footy club back to Lyndoch to help pick the fruit on these vines. On several occasions I told Keith, the owner, that one day I would buy the property from him. As it turned out I did.
It has taken 15 years of procrastination, bad vintages and a bad business partnership for us to finally produce a wine that is actually ours.
This is the ultimate dry grown vineyard. The vines have never seen water and the quantity of fruit is directly proportional to the rainfall. Some years this 50 year old block produces a few hundred kilos, in a good year maybe a ton.
Winemaker Dan Eggleton put this in the best French oak and we are extremely happy with the result. Anima means "soul" in Italian. This is the soul of our little part of the Barossa.
Review by James Halliday released 1 August 2020
"Hand-picked, whole berries wild-fermented, new and old oak, neither fined nor filtered. This is a lovely Barossa grenache with bright, clear colour, slipping in some fine-grained tannins amongst the cherry fruits. 94/100”
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