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Date Printed: 5/23/2015
Fireblock Old Vine Grenache 2005
Fireblock Old Vine Grenache 2005
(search item no. 102589)
screw cap wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 5/23/2015: $10.98

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

An exceptional year. Fruit sourced from this 84 yr old dry grown vineyard (planted in 1926) has produced a wine with wonderfully lifted aromatics with red fruits and hints of spice in abundance. Lively and bright on the palate with beautiful sweet red fruit characters, and subtle spicy notes. Great texture, and flavors that linger long, assisted by time in old french barrels. A very sexy wine.
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About Fireblock:

This is a new label owned by Bill and Noel Ireland (of Flinders Bay fame). The name refers to the plot of dirt that was planted back in 1926 predominantly to Grenache. It had been previously designated a “fireblock” given its proximity to the railway line, and out of concern that sparks from the steam locomotives could start bushfires!! I managed to persuade Bill and Noel to capture the magic of these old dry grown Grenache and Shiraz vines.

With a continuous history of winemaking dating back to 1852, the stone buildings and wineries of the Clare Valley add to the region's striking and varied beauty. It is a high quality producer of long-lived, intensely flavored and strongly structured table wines, virtually all of which are made in limited quantities.