Stonegarden Northwest Grenache
The Stonegarden vineyard in the Barossa’s Eden Valley is the stuff of South Australian legend. Originally planted in the late 1850s it is a treasure trove of incredible old vines with an eclectic mix of varietals, the undisputed hero of which is their 160+ year old Grenache. While it may not be as well known as some of the other superstar vineyards of the region, this is purely because its fruit has traditionally been allocated to the Barossa’s top wineries and never produced under its own label… until now. Purchased in 2015 by ex oil and gas engineer Glen Monaghan, who very smartly decided to partner up with chief Rockford winemaker Ben Radford (who himself had had plenty of experience with the vineyard’s fruit), they set about giving Stonegarden it its own identity. The two of them have been hard it ever since, crafting a series of wines under the Stonegarden label that capture the essence of this historic vineyard site.
As a ‘new’ brand, the prices of these wines are extremely modest considering their quality – we recommend you snap them up and cellar, as we have no doubt they are going to be in very high demand once word gets out!
Fruit from the Stonegarden Northwest vineyard is in high demand across the Barossa so it is wonderful to see it being given its own identity at long last. Fresh and elegant it has a purity of flavour and an edge of minerality that elevate the wine to quite some heights. As to be expected from the Eden Valley it is medium-bodied and fragrant, with primary notes of ripe summer fruits, along with dried flowers and a touch of spice. It has a silky, sensual mouthfeel and a refined finish – Grenache at its most graceful.
Please be aware that while we try our best to keep up with changes in vintage, packaging etc., it is impossible for us to have this information correct 100% of the time, so the details below should be considered as indicative. If you are after a specific vintage, please contact us prior to placing your order so we can confirm availability, otherwise we will send the vintage on hand.