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2019 Old Quarter - SOLD OUT

2019 Old Quarter - SOLD OUT

A perfumed, elegant blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro from the Old Quarter of the Alkina vineyard. This is the purest expression of the character of the site, our soils and our oldest vines, with minimal winemaking intrusion.
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$100.00
 

Estate grown and made

Certified organic and biodynamic fruit

50% Grenache, 29% Shiraz, 21% Mataro

150 cases and 150 magnums produced

14.2% alcohol

Tasting Notes
An elegant, perfumed blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro from the Old Quarter of the Alkina vineyard. This is the purest expression of the character of the site, our soils and our oldest vines, with minimal winemaking intrusion.
Vineyard Notes
These old bush vines were planted by Les Kalleske in the 1950s. We mapped the Old Quarter to reveal very specific parcels of vines that are unique in their geologies. We call these Polygons, with each being on predominantly limestone, schist or clay bases. The characteristics of Old Quarter are underpinned by the intense Grenache from Polygon 4 which consists of schist and clay that is complemented with the lighter material from Polygon 2 on hard schist and wind blown limestone. These components were blended with the Mataro from P6 and the Shiraz from P8 and P7. NASAA certified organic and biodynamic.

"The Old Quarter refers to a section of the Alkina vineyard planted in the 1950s to the district’s classic varieties, in this instance the reds grenache, shiraz and mataro. The crew here consider this the purest expression of the site as a whole, Alkina manager Amelia Nolan calling it “our most important achievement”. Having mapped the block into tiny sections with unique geologies, each called a polygon, the fruit from five separate patches was fermented individually with indigenous yeast in concrete tulips with an average of 70% whole bunch included before maturation in a mix of concrete and older, larger French oak. The makeup of 50% grenache, 29% shiraz and 21% mataro weaves together a multitude of aromatic and flavour characters: charcuterie, blood pudding, dark plum, dark choc and orange with an underlying chalk and talc composition that acts as a textural foundation to its lifted top notes. The crowning achievement here is a completeness, a symbiotic and harmonious wine that defies being deconstructed into its parts. All class and right at the top of the league in this genre"

Tony Love, winepilot.com - 97pts