THE MYSTERIOUS MR BLACK - THE JACK GRENACHE 2021
Strawberries, candy, aniseed are mingled with hints of chocolate, mint and assorted peppers. Balanced, un-tampered acidity welds front palate to back offering a generous length that pulls you back to the bottle for more.
A complex, balanced & intriguing example of old vine Grenache.
Fermented in small vessels with an intuitive 5% of whole bunches & hand plunged. Extended skin contact for a minimum of three weeks to allow maximum extraction of fruit, colour and tannin. Pressed to seasoned barrels where natural secondary fermentation occurs. Racked off heavy lees & given a year of reflection before bottling.
ORIGIN Kalimna, Barossa Valley, South Australia
MAKER The Mysterious Mr Black
Stephen Black, ‘The Mysterious Mr. Black’, with the help of his Conspirators, built this little winery in 1998. It was his idea to produce small batches of high quality wine. The fruit was to be sourced from his long time associates and dyslexic fiends; a macabre menagerie of farmers, philosophers, pharmacists, witchdoctors and warblers.
‘The Conspirators’ are all second and or third generation grape growers. They did and still do, grow grapes for some of the Barossa Valley’s and Australia’s most inspirational wines.
At the time many growers were disgruntled and ‘copping the rough end of the stick’ from the quickly growing Godzilla-like wine companies. So with spit in palm and firm grips, around a fire, drinking red labels, The Mysterious Mr. Black & Conspirators made their deals and decided to start a mutually agreeable winery. The deals that were decided upon on this fateful night are still unknown, some have speculated, but the truth is that we will never know how many lambs, rabbits, cows or children have been traded and eaten in return for grapes and wine. We do have it on good authority that no goats were injured in any part of the winemaking process.