Cirillo Estate Wines: 1850 Ancestor Vine Grenache
The Cirillo family are custodians of what are believed to be the oldest continuously producing Grenache and Semillon vineyards in the world.
In 2003 the first Cirillo 1850 Grenache was produced solely from these great vines. For these vines to survive at this age they need constant attention throughout the year. Marco Cirillo (owner and winemaker) spends every spare moment training, pruning and nurturing each vine through its fragile life. The result is fruit with incredible intensity and richness not often seen in Grenache wines. The fruit is usually some of the last to be handpicked in the Barossa.
Many of the traditional techniques used by Marco today have been handed down through the Cirillo family for generations. The high acid and rich style of the Cirillo 1850 Grenache – for which Marco makes no apology – allows the wine to live for many decades and is well proved by his father’s wine produced in the same style in the late 1970s and 80s.