Vintage 2012 marked my twelfth vintage at our Stonewell property in Marananga. This harvest my sister Kylie [the baby of the Tscharke Family] joined the winemaking team and as a united front we remained in full control throughout harvest.
The cooler dry season delivered outstanding fruit. The wines from 2012 will be riper than the 2011; there was incredible balance this year with great fruit weight and much higher acidity levels.
1.5 hectares of Grenache was planted to our Stonewell property in 2009. Trained onto a single codon wire the rows run East-West, which aids in protecting the fruiting zone from the late afternoon in summer.
The North Westerly facing aspect has moderately deep red/brown clay soils with underlying calcareous chalk. The late ripening vineyard is well suited to these soils, retaining fresh canopies by harvest that deliver well balanced fruit unharmed by excessive heat exposure.
The hand-harvested fruit was fermented in an open top fermenter with 50% whole-bunch. The warm ferment (28-32°C) is managed with anaerobic pump overs twice daily. After seven days of fermentation the ferment is foot stomped to release the juices from the whole bunches and once dry immediately pressed off into old French oak Hogsheads for 12-month maturation.