Representing only two barrels saved from the demands of blending, this shows everything that we love about Graciano: exotically spiced red and blue fruits, intense, vibrant flavours, but fresh, silky and light on its feet.
Spanish grape varieties are on the march downunder. This Canberra region graciano is very deep dark purple in colour with bold aromas of black plums, blueberries, pine and spice. It offers good body and powerful ripe flavours, supported by big, grainy, layered tannins. A red for the cellar. Screw cap; 14 per cent alcohol. Score 90 (Ralph Kyte-Powell)
There is some similarity in climate between Canberra and leading Spanish wine regions, which led us to plant Tempranillo and then Graciano. Graciano is a minor variety in Spain, considered to be of very high quality and used in blends for its good acidity. In our vineyard it is fastidious with regards micronutrients, and needs a lot of crop thinning. It is very late ripening and a good example of the concept that the most distinctive wines are made on the margin of ripeness.
The 2017-2018 was the second-warmest season on record behind 2016, but due to consistently warm and dry conditions rather than any extreme heat. Timing of budburst and harvest were fairly normal. Conditions for vine growth and development were good and disease pressure was low. Weather during vintage was exceptional, consistently warm and dry apart from one downpour in late February which caused little trouble. Warm sunny days were balanced by cool nights giving a high diurnal temperature range. Quality is exciting across the board, with the later ripening varieties perhaps benefitting the most.
Hand picked 24 April 2018, and wild-fermented in an open vat with hand plunging. Matured in older French oak, lightly filtered, and bottled under screwcap December 2018; 46 dozen made. Alcohol 14.0% by volume. Vegan friendly?: Yes.
Drink now to 2028.
In Spain, graciano has a reputation for adding longevity to the blend, but we are only just getting a glimpse of how our wine ages. Wines were tasted from the winery museum. If your cellaring conditions are less than ideal, consider reducing the expected life of the wine. Tasted May 2014.
|Vintage||Tasting Notes||Drink Until||Rating|
|2011||Bright ruby with purple edge. White pepper, dried herbs, vibrant and fresh. The palate is quite light and racy, with slightly green tannins.||2019||Good|
|2010||Bright red with a purple edge. Ripe dark fruit with meaty, earthy notes. Spicy sweet red fruit on the palate with baking spice, redskin and dark liquorice. Complete, balanced and lovely.||2024||Outstanding|
|2009||Quite a deep purply-red. Ripe dark fruit aroma, the palate has plenty of vibrant pretty red fruit and a little less pepper and spice. The fruit is fleshy on the palate, but the bones are firm too. A delicious wine with plenty of future.||2023||Excellent|
|2008||Bright ruby red. Soft sweet fruit to smell, fresh and aromatic, lovely red fruits with less herb and pepper than most years. The palate is still quite tight, fresh and almost zippy.||2021||Very good|
|2007||Light ruby red. A little earthy and gamey, the red fruits come through on the palate, with some tannin firmness. Good tension between acid and tannin on the palate.||2016||Good|
|2006||Vibrant red colour. Fresh red fruits nose, lovely sapidity, with some pepper and dried herbs. Quite complex and very attractive. Light-medium bodied, very fine suede-like tannins from carry all the way through, very poised and balanced. Just showing some delicious development, will hold for quite a while.||2020||Outstanding|