In honour of International Grenache Day (September 24) I cracked my cherished bottle of Pirramimma 2004 Old Bush Vine Grenache. This is a special wine with an interesting history – the vines were planted in 1944 by prisoners of war – hence the vineyard growing these gnarly, and at the same time beautiful and graceful, dry grown bush vines is known as the Prisoner of War vineyard.
At first sight the wine is a dark brooding beauty – dark cherry red with a very slight hint of garnet tinge showing the first signs of its age. The nose is fragrant, rich and generous, with red stonefruits – plums, cherries, and a hint of raspberry, intermingling with pleasing spice and a floral high note. The aromas alone make you close your eyes and settle back, knowing that this wine will be a treat.
This wine is a delicious balance of deep savoury flavours melded with cherry chocolate and a perfect amount of fruit sweetness, all wrapped up in a soft, velvety texture with a subtle vanilla influence from the two years in American oak, with grippy tannins and acid holding the wine nicely together.
Bottled in 2007 under screwcap it is now at its perfect drinking age. At just $20 from cellar door it is ridiculously cheap for such a great wine.
The 2006 Old Bush Vine grenache will be released 1 October – soon!
Silver medal winner at the 2008 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Pirramimma winery is located at Johnston Road, McLaren Vale and is one of the few family owned wineries in McLaren Vale, dating back to 1892 when it was started by the Scotsman Alexander Campbell Johnston. He named the land Pirramimma, meaning ‘the moon and the stars’ in Aboriginal. Pirramimma is renowned for its old bush vine grenache, and its White Label straight varietals of petit verdot and shiraz.