BAROSSA’S NEW VANGUARD
I ventured down to Barossa recently and, on an inside scoop from one of our wonderful clients, found myself turning down a long gravel driveway, winding through a vineyard, to a quiet shed built into a slope of Barossan earth. This unassuming spot is a world away from the cellar doors of some of the big players in the region – here, the wow factor comes with the wines.
Viticulturalist turned winemaker, Brett Grocke is a fifth-generation Barossan grape grower. He has managed numerous high-profile vineyards across Barossa and beyond, and also consulted for several wineries. The attention to detail he bestows on the grapes from inception to bottling is clearly reflected in his very own Eperosa range.
Halliday Wine Companion – “Eperosa owner Brett Grocke qualified as a viticulturist in 2001, and, through Grocke Viticulture, consults and provides technical services to over 200ha of vineyards spread across the Barossa Valley, Eden Valley, Adelaide Hills, Riverland, Langhorne Creek and Hindmarsh Valley. He is ideally placed to secure small parcels of organically managed grapes, hand-picked, whole bunch-fermented and foot-stomped, and neither filtered nor fined. The wines are of impeccable quality. The use of high quality, perfectly inserted, corks will allow the wines to reach their full maturity decades hence.”
Featured in the 2017 Top 50 Young Guns of Wine, Grocke’s star is fast on the rise. Eperosa wines are elegant, precise, vibrant and intricately crafted – a welcome step away from the big bold beasts that have made Barossa so famous.
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2015 Eperosa Blanc Old Vine Semillon Barossa Valley – $38
The deep granitic sands and cooling gully winds produce wines with purity, complexity and a seam of beautiful natural acidity. The fruit was handpicked, twice hand sorted, whole bunch basket pressed and barrel fermented on full lees in 100% seasoned French oak hogsheads. All ferments underwent natural fermentation and the wine bottled with no fining or filtration.
2015 Eperosa Synthesis Grenache Mataro Barossa Valley – $34
The fruit displays elegant red fruited aromatics along with spice and musky tones. The fruit was green bunch thinned just post veraison leaving only the best fruit to reach harvest. The fruit was picked at 13.4 Be and left on skins post fermentation for 150 days.
All parcels underwent natural (wild yeast) fermentation, basket pressing, barrel ageing and no fining or filtration.
2015 Eperosa Totality Mataro Shiraz Grenache Barossa Valley – $38
Source from Hoffman Ebenezer, Magnolia Road and Stonegarden Vineyards. Vibrant red fruit on the nose, with savoury earthen characters and spice, and fine grain tannins. All parcels underwent natural (wild yeast) fermentation, basket pressing, barrel ageing and no fining or filtration.
2015 Eperosa Elevation Shiraz Barossa Valley – $47
The Elevation Barossa Valley Shiraz is sourced from the best barrels of three small Shiraz blocks on our Magnolia Road Vineyard planted in 1965, 1996 and 2010. The vines grow on deep alluvial granitic sand at an elevation of 325 metres and are farmed organically along with rod and spur pruning, shoot thinning and bunch thinning. The fruit is all handpicked and hand sorted prior to wild yeast fermentation in open fermenters. The fruit was basket pressed into French oak barriques, hogsheads and puncheons and after 19 months the wine was gently hand racked from barrel for bottling with no fining or filtration. The resulting wine is elegant yet powerful with brilliant fruit aromas, a complex palate and lingering fine grain tannins.
2015 Eperosa Stonegarden 1858 Grenache Eden Valley – $66
The Stonegarden Grenache 1858 is sourced from one of the oldest vineyards in Australia, dating back to 1858. And the Grenache is from the original 1858 bush-vine planting. Grocke Viticulture manages the vineyard which has been farmed organically with no herbicides, pesticides or synthetic fertilisers or synthetic fungicides applied. Stonegarden is truly one of the great old vineyards in Australia producing brilliant wines. All the fruit is handpicked and hand sorted prior to wild yeast fermentation. After 19 months the wine is gently hand racked from barrel with no fining or filtration before bottling. The wine is remarkably powerful and complex yet distinctly Grenache.
2015 Eperosa Magnolia 1896 Shiraz Barossa Valley – $94
The combination of organic farming, 119 year old vines and high end French oak has resulted in a wine of brilliant fruit purity and complexity.
93 points Mike Bennie (Tasted – 2017 Young Guns of Wine)
“Eperosa with the magic touch here. Old vines, flourish of winemaking influence, verity to wine region’s capabilities. So nicely done.
Smoky notes, green herbs, undergrowth, dark cherries, ripe berries, deep and curious scents. Smooth, even, long and ultra fine feeling. Chewy tannins, slippery fruit character, medium weight and so very fine. Classic old school new school Barossa here, and has a wonderful, elegant feel.”