2018 Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache Barossa

Light-textured Grenache with herbal notes
2018 Yalumba Samuel's Collection Bush Vine Grenache Barossa

Fruit for Yalumba’s Bush Vine Grenache is grown on vines 35 or more years old. Parcels are vinified separately in open-top fermenters with modest stem inclusion. Fermentation kicked off with ambient yeast. Some lots remained longer on skins before pressing off to a mix of older oak barrels and hogsheads, for six months of aging.

The color is limpid raspberry and the fragrance suggests spiced cranberries, rose hips, dried rose petals, and a hint of tarry earth. The palate continues the theme, and texturally it has firm acidity but light tannins. There’s a bit of the garrigue — brushy herbs like sage, thyme, and lavender — I associate with southern Rhône grenache. But mostly it’s a wine centered on its core of lively, spiced red fruits.

2018 Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache Barossa

14.1% abv | $21 (sample); imported by Winebow

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