RIGHTEOUS GRENACHE 2011
Since 2005, each vintage we’ve bottled tiny quantities of what we reckon to be supreme, single vineyard examples of the Barossa’s heritage grape varieties under the Righteous label. The 2011 Righteous Grenache hails from a vineyard at Moppa in the Northern Barossa, planted in deep sand over red clay with ironstone rocks scattered throughout, and this grower is one of the most fanatical types I’ve ever met.
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“Since 2005, each vintage we’ve bottled tiny quantities of what we reckon to be supreme, single vineyard examples of the Barossa’s heritage grape varieties under the Righteous label. The 2011 Righteous hails from a vineyard at Moppa in the Northern Barossa, planted in deep sand over red clay with ironstone rocks scattered throughout. This grower is one of the most fanatical types I’ve ever met. His painstakingly maintained vines are individually trellised in a corkscrew like fashion up a central stake, allowing perfect shoot placement and sun and breeze penetration throughout the vineyard. This was a great foil to the challenging effects of the cool and wet 2011 season, allowing the fruit to reach perfect ripeness. The fruit was picked by hand, gently crushed and fermented in open fermenters with regular pump-overs. After pressing the wine spends two years in 40% new French puncheons with the balance going into old oak barrels between 3 & 6 years old. We are thrilled with the quality achieved in this vineyard from such a difficult vintage….we are sure you will be too when you get it in your glass.”
KYM TEUSNER, WINEMAKER
Very good colour given the vintage and variety; there is a range of fruit flavours from cherry to raspberry to plum, backed up by tannins and a dash of oak.
94 points , James Halliday Australian Wine Companion October 2013
Deep-ish red, slight purple, raisiny, squashed-antsy, somewhat overripe aromas. Sweet, deliciously ripe flavours, soft and supple, rounded and balanced, with an almost pinotysuperripe sweet black-cherry fruit character. Lovely wine, soft and fleshy and fruit-sweet. Silken texture. Drink:2013-2023
92 points, Huon Hooke, September 2013
Medium to deep garnet-purple in color and redolent of crushed red currants, kirsch and red plum preserves infused with an undercurrent of orange peel plus white and black pepper, the full-bodied 2011 Righteous Grenache gives a good amount of red fruit flavor marked by lively acid and a low to medium levels of soft tannins. It finishes with lingering, peppery notes. Drink it now to 2020+.
91+ points, eRobertParker.com, #211, February 2014
I don’t much like to taste new oak in Grenache, though maybe that’s just me. Sweet oak spice, licorice, earthy/mulchy stuff (in a good/interesting way) and mixed berries. Light and spicy with a pleasant sense of freshness in amongst some twiggy 2011 vintage character fruit and oak derived flavours. Tannin is shapely and lightly grainy, and because it’s not a big wine as such, does show a bit of alcohol warmth. Finish is great though – long and authoritative.
91 points, GARY WALSH, WINE FRONT DECEMBER 2013