100% Grenache. The fruit for the 2019 Bluebird Grenache is destemmed, but not crushed. Whole berries fermented with wild yeast. Hand plunged for 12 days before maturing in 500 Litre French oak puncheons, none new. Bottled without fining or filtration. Again very pure, with bright flavours. Lots of sweet red fruits and a supple, juicy, fleshy texture. A unique expression of Australian Grenache.
According to JC himself “I always get mesmerised when I see a flock of birds floating and drifting in the wind. It brings a sense of freedom and joy to me. I knew the bluebird is the symbol of happiness so I had a concept for the label – I just needed the wine! So with this idea floating in my head, I set out to make a great drink that brings a true sense of delight. I found an east facing vineyard in the shallow soils of the Adelaide Hills that just gets the morning sun – no baked flavours here. I got rid of the stalks and just fermented this as whole berries. Just before coffee in the morning and after a cold beer in the afternoon I quickly give it a plunge by hand, nothing too serious or strenuous. It’s bottled early to catch the brightness I’m looking for, meaning it’s dangerously drinkable whenever you need a pick me up.”