The Grenache comes from the Lopresti vineyard, and more specifically Joe’s Block, which is located at the southern end of McLaren Vale about 5km east of the coastal town of Port Willunga. Low growing season rainfall, combined with a hot summer, led to an early and condensed vintage. Yields were below average, a result of the dry conditions and an intense November hail storm event. The moderating influence of Gulf St Vincent, reliable spring rainfall, and supplementary summer drip irrigation allowed us to successfully cope with the challenges of the season. Fruit quality was tremendous with small berries full of concentrated flavour. Intense aromatics are a hallmark of the vintage.