St John’s The Resilient Barossa Valley Grenache
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The 2017 vintage was noted as exceptional in the Barossa Valley due to favourable growing conditions the previous spring as well as a cooler summer period. This resulted in a late harvest and extended ripening period, producing a vibrant and aromatic style of Grenache without being overripe and confected. Fruit for The Resilient was sourced from four vineyards located in the mid to northern Barossa Valley – the Schutz family vineyard in Stonewell, the Hampel and Schiller sites in Ebenezer and Merv John’s acreage in Light Pass. Picking occurred between early March and mid April. Following harvest, the Grenache grapes were crushed into 10T open-top fermenters with a portion of the fruit going through malolactic fermentation in stainless steel. After 8 days on skins the fruit was pressed and a portion was racked into second fill French Oak Hogsheads (300 L) for 6 months maturation.
Deep ruby with a purple tint and magenta rim. Vibrant, red fruits of raspberry with strawberry sorbet and hints of red licorice and spice. Hints of game and cherry cola. Juicy red fruits, raspberry coulis, blueberries and fresh acidity. Lovely, soft tannins give smoothness and creaminess with some savoury notes of brioche and subtle spices.
Awards & Accolades (It’s a long one)
2017 The Resilient Grenache – 93 points – Campbell Mattinson – Halliday Wine Companion
Everything points here to it having been a very good vintage. This is effortless, jubey, juicy and delicious, a sound tether of tannin then tying it all neatly together. Pitch perfect in other words. Excellent value.
2017 The Resilient Grenache – 95 points – The Advertiser
The front label of this bottle features a gnarly old grenache bush vine in the Barossa’s Stonewell district, from a vineyard managed by Paul and Angie Schutz. They’re named proudly as the vine and fruit providers for this wine, which has a rustic appeal to it, but also the innocent pleasure of chewing on a raspberry licorice stick. There’s good fruit lift out of the glass and a tight little fist of sandy tannins in the finish. And it’s also pretty bloody tasting as you sip your way further into the bottle. No wonder it won best grenache and best red and this year’s Barossa regional wine comp.
2017 The Resilient Grenache: 100 Best Australian Wines 18/19 – Matthew Jukes
The Resilient, a wine which offers beguiling fruit, beautiful texture and a heavenly finish for a mere £15. Sourced from four vineyards located in the Barossa Valley – the Schutz family vineyard in Stonewell, the Hampel and Schiller sites in Ebenezer and Merv John’s property in Light Pass. The winemaking is extremely straightforward using open-top fermenters with a slice of fruit going through malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Old French hogsheads caress the fruit for 6 months and it is ready to go. The reason why this wine is so successful and memorable is the layering of the impeccable sources of fruit. The nose is tremendous with raspberry, rhubarb and red cherry tones in abundance. The palate is buoyant and racy and the finish is dry, raspy and keen. It is a brilliant wine.
2017 The Resilient Grenache: 90 points – Huon Hooke – The Real Review
Medium to deep red colour with a good purple tint. The bouquet is sweetly ripe and floral with some dried herb, dried flower and spice nuances. The wine is sweetly ripe and rich, almost succulent, with delicious dark cherry grenache flavour and a warmth of alcohol. The tannins are fine and mild. Very enjoyable and top value.
2017 The Resilient Grenache: 5 stars – Rob Geddes
Very inviting on the nose – cherry, raspberry and a touch of smoky oak. The wine has an attractive vibrancy to it. It’s a jumble of juicy red fruits, fine but firm tannins and fresh acidity. Excellent summer drinking, especially slightly chilled. I give this gorgeous Grenache a sold 5 stars!
2017 The Resilient Grenache: 94 points – Kim Brebach
The grapes come from old vines, and are turned into wine by Phil Lehmann. It’s awfully young but the charm of youth here is rich and seductive. It’s choc-full of raspberries and plums, pepper and spice and all things nice. Great drinking over the next couple of years, but let it breathe or decant it. So hard to find good Grenache at this price. 94 points.
2017 The Resilient Grenache: 92 points – Campbell Mattinson – The Wine Front
New wine to the St John’s Road range and so I don’t yet have the correct bottle image. It’s Barossa Grenache matured in all-French oak, none of it new.
It’s a lovely Grenache. It has a swing to it. Raspberry and redcurrant with flashes of anise and dry, sweet spice. A little jubey perhaps. Succulent too. You just want to drink it, and drink it. Very nicely priced it is too.