Hand picked from a small plot of old Bush Vines planted in 1889 in the heart of the Barossa Valley. Yalumba Tri-Centenary Grenache tastes like you are drinking history – savoury and brooding. Mocha, liquorice, nuts, spice, gamey and olde worldy, dark and dense.
Winery notes (2013 Vintage)
"A true individual showcasing the essence of Grenache. Hand picked from just 820 gnarly old Bush Vines planted in 1889, these wines have been in the ground for over 125 years. Their home is two acres of estate owned sandy soil over yellow-brown clay in the heart of the Barossa Valley. Year after year these veteran vines give up small quantities of exceptional grapes.
The Nursery vineyard, located in the heart of the Barossa Valley, is the source of the Tri-Centenary Grenache. This single vineyard Grenache has been crafted from grapes sourced from the block we call VG05. This block comprises of 820 gnarly old bush vines that were planted in 1889. The Nursery vineyard features deep sandy loam layers underlain with red-brown clay layers.
The grapes were handpicked and crushed to our 8 tonne open top stainless steel fermenters. The wild yeasts present on the grape skins initiated fermentation; cultured winery yeasts were then added to complete fermentation. The wine remained ‘on skins’ post fermentation for 31 days, this extended maturation contributes an even greater complexity and individuality to the wine. The resulting wine is one of richness, texture and complexity
Dense red with purple hues. Dark fruits, licorice spices, wildflower and gamey notes are underpinned with earthy tones that are all brambly and rustic with a herbal savour that references a sense of place. The palate feels perfectly ripe and firm. Red satin textured fruit, succulent with bright acidity, a ferrous minerality and cherry juiciness saturating the stony notes that provide the wines firm base. Pair with slow roasted pork belly, crunchy crackling with home made fennel and caraway seed gravy, or roasted beetroot soup with soured macadamia cream."
5 Stars & 95/100 Toni Paterson, The Real Review, October 2018 (2013 Vintage)
"A glorious wine with an extraordinary intensity of flavour. Juicy dark cherries with background savouriness, a touch of liquorice and mixed spice. Despite these mesmerising flavours, what really draws me in is the textural nature of the wine, with support provided by an intricate frame of tannin. Enjoy now or age for further deliciousness. Small quantities produced."
94/100 Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, August 2018 (2013 Vintage)
"Hand picked from old bush vines, planted in 1889. Yalumba is on the march with grenache. It’s stern, spicy, earthen and serious and yet one glass just isn’t enough; the drinkability factor here is high. It tastes of redcurrant and jellied cherries, saltbush and rusty iron; woodsy spices and more. There’s tannin, and a good hit of it. A kind of leathery-licoricey-nebbiolo-like aspect too. It kicks goals, no question about it."
93/100 James Suckling (2013 Vintage)
"Aromas of raspberries and red currants with depth and finesse. It has impressive power and it doesn't back away from firmness in the tannin department. Very fresh still. Drink or hold."
92/100 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2013 Vintage)
"The current release of Yalumba's flagship Grenache is the 2013 The Tri-Centenary Grenache, from 820 vines that were planted in 1889. Aged in older hogsheads for 18 months, there's no noticeable oak on the nose, just slightly reticent notes of lavender, red berries, cola and wintergreen. It's medium to full-bodied and quite firm, and it could probably benefit from another couple of years in the bottle."
91/100 Wine Enthusiast, August 2019 (2013 Vintage)
"The 2013 vintage of this wine, sourced from Yalumba's oldest vines, is broody and plush. A deep well of cherry and raspberry fruit, mocha, dried flowers and cedar brush aromas are smudged with warm stone minerals. Already six years old, signs of age are starting to creep in, in the form of old leather-bound library book nuances. The plush fruit on the palate is a little weighty, but it's cinched by powerful, tight-grained tannins. A rich expression of Grenache that needs protein or more time in bottle. Drink now–2029."