One variety, one vintage, one winemaker with one goal: to highlight pure and differentiated expressions of Grenache based on each wine’s unique terroir.
“My winemaking style is very natural, everything is done slowly and by hand, from vine to bottle. With Twelftree Wines, I wanted to try wild fermentation, a percentage of whole berry and whole bunch ferments, draining off a percentage of the juice to concentrate the must, fermenting in smaller lots using foot stomping, punch downs and the occasional pump over, whilst keeping the press juice separate from the finished wine. I also wanted to age our wines in larger formats of oak and to hold a percentage of our Grenache and Mataro wines in a series of larger format stainless steel barrels, which were specifically manufactured. We aim to blend our Grenache and Mataro barrels early on and to bottle our Grenache based wines after 11 months, with the Shiraz based wines being bottled 18 to 24 months after vintage. All these techniques are used to maintain the purity of each vineyard’s fruit and to make each wine as distinctive as possible.”
— Michael Twelftree
GRENACHE MATARO GREENOCK/EBENEZER BAROSSA VALLEY Grenache Mataro blends with such a high portion of Mataro (Mourvèdre) are rare in Australia but we believe they are the most perfect partners. The Grenache comes from a slightly high yielding vineyard off Moppa Springs Road, we like this block as it possesses fruits that are quite aromatic, with more soft textures and berry flavours. The Mataro is sourced from a parcel of very old vines in a cool site at Ebenezer; it displays an earthy, steely texture with a savage and mouth-coating dense weight. We love the marriage of the two varieties and always find this wine so drinkable and serious at the same time.
GRENACHE SCHULLER BLEWITT SPRINGS MCLAREN VALE This vineyard is a very special and magical place, 500 odd vines based at the top of the Blewitt Springs range. Planted in the 1930s, they just sit there looking so happy and peaceful; the site is beautiful and always mesmerising to visit. These old vines have seen it all and self regulate their canopy and crop, year in and year out. We always find this wine amazingly complex on the bouquet and love the refinement and poise of its fine and succulent tannins.
GRENACHE VINEGROVE GREENOCK BAROSSA VALLEY A stunningly beautiful block of very old vines next to the Greenock Creek, based on the classic soil of Greenock red/brown earth that is free draining and clustered with small flecks of ironstone. The vines are situated in a low-lying area that can make it susceptible to seasonal frost. Most importantly, the berry size is consistently small, the flavour is in the dark fruit range, and the tannins created in the wine have a layering and texture that is very rare for an Australian Grenache.