Introducing Maurice……the brother of Bruce. While Grenache sits quietly alongside its less famous counterpart Shiraz, we hope it’s not too long before this unheralded legend of the Barossa Valley is recognised.
The 2017 harvest will be broadly remembered as wet and cold, with more than double the average rainfall recorded in the 2016 calendar year. However, the rain seemed to obey the calendar and dry harvest conditions meant that potential disease pressures were easily managed, and patience was rewarded with wonderful, fragrant aromatics and juicy, clean, bright flavours.
The cool conditions contributed not only to pure fruit on the vine but long, slow and controlled fermentation in the winery. A stellar vintage that will be wedged between two of the best we have seen and one that should cement the Barossa as the most consistent region in Australia.
The 2017 Maurice is sourced from two vineyards, both located on the western ridge of the Barossa. The Materne Vineyard is planted on the famous clays of Greenock and the Radford Vineyard is in the equally revered region of Seppeltsfield.
Bright, punchy aromatics of dark cherry, Campari, orange rind, leather. Sweet texture, strong tannin, grainy, silky and smooth.
Cellaring: The Maurice can be enjoyed immediately and should continue to provide gratification over the next decade. Drink Now – 2028. Best between 2021 and 2024.