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Cirillo 1850 Ancestor Grenache 2013 South Australia Barossa Valley

$55.95

This ancient Grenache block is one of the viticultural gems of Australia. Gnarled old bush vines planted in 1850, and arguably the oldest continuously producing Grenache vines in the world. The things they’ve seen from their low, sandy vantage point. It boggles the mind.

The  Cirillo 1850 Grenache 2013 has been a long anticipated release. Marco Cirillo says he learnt plenty about picking the 2011 (cooler) vintage of this wine. He learnt he could pick a little earlier, look for more freshness, and still keep the weight and power that comes from 160+ year old vines.

It’s a special wine, no doubt about it. A rarity in all the world to have a wine made from vines this old. A great year for this great site and Marco in career best form. It’s a winning combination.

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Cirillo 1850 Grenache 2013

The  Cirillo 1850 Grenache 2013 has been a long anticipated release. Marco Cirillo says he learnt plenty about picking the 2011 (cooler) vintage of this wine. He learnt he could pick a little earlier, look for more freshness, and still keep the weight and power that comes from 160+ year old vines.

It’s a special wine, no doubt about it. A rarity in all the world to have a wine made from vines this old. A great year for this great site and Marco in career best form. It’s a winning combination.

Who is Cirillo

Marco Cirillo is Barossan to the core. His family lays claim to the world’s oldest continuously producing Grenache vines, the most ancient of them dating back to 1850. This is an incredible achievement from the Cirillos and those vignerons who have tended to these vines for over 160 years.

The Cirillo family moved to the small district of Light Pass in 1970. Vincent Cirillo became the custodian some exceptional vineyards that were planted in 1848; today it is noted to be the oldest surviving and producing Grenache and Semillon parcels in the world. Their prized fruit went to well‐known producers; Rockford, Peter Lehmann, St. Hallet and Torbreck.

The family farm and ancestor vineyards grow in around 8ft of pure golden sand, which is a common terroir of the Vine‐Vale area. Marco and Vincent remain the only two people who have ever pruned the 1848 Grenache vineyard in the past 40 years. The early ‘basket‐pruning’ style that was adopted by Vince in the 70’s has helped the vines support themselves and continue to produce incomparable fruit each year. Their meticulous craftsmanship is why this vineyard is a picture of health today.

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Brands

Cirillo

Country

Australia, Barossa Valley, South Australia

Price

$50 – $100

Varietal

Grenache

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