Stonegarden Field Blend Grenache 2020


Richer, deeper and burlier than the straight Grenache. 85% of this blend is Grenache, with the difference made up of Mataro, Shiraz, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. This is from a warmer part of the vineyard, with heavier soils and the fruit is correspondingly darker. Rounder in shape, wilder, with more exotic notes of cocoa, smoke, savoury spice and Italianate tannins. The differences between the two wines are definitely of the vineyard, more than their varietal makeup or winemaking. Such a great wine, its weight is in no way heavy and although the fruit is ripe, the palate is textured and savoury. Beef over coals please! Waters Wine Co


The 1858 field blend block is predominantly Grenache. A small section to the south of this block was originally planted to Mataro and although many of those vines remain, they form a small portion of the overall vine mix. At the time of planting, other grape varieties were also introduced into the mix. We don’t know if this was part of the master plan to add complexity to the block, or simply a mistake made when the original vine cuttings were taken in the 1850s.

To add another layer of intrigue to this national treasure, gaps in the vineyard have been replanted or infilled with other varieties. The field blend block is now mainly Grenache (more than 85%), Mataro, Shiraz, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Trincadiera making up the balance in descending order of volume and influence on the final ‘field blend’ or ensemble of grape varieties.

Together they make a complex wine with depth and confidence, darker fruits and softer tannins than the Northwest Grenache block.

Like the wine made from the Northwest block, a portion of whole bunches were added to the ferment. Maturation in seasoned 500L French oak barrels play a major role in the structure and style of the final blend. Winemaker’s Notes


95 Points – Gary Walsh, The Winefront


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