2019 Smallfry 'Eclectik Violet' Grenache/Cinsault
Region: Barossa Valley < Australia
Grapes: Grenache, Cinsault
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Certified biodynamic farming; alluvial soils,
fermented and aged in stainless steel; bottled unfined/unfiltered with
minimal So2; 12.5% ABV
Winemaker: Suzi Hilder & Wayne AhrensLike its name, Smallfry, a partnership between Suzi Hilder and Wayne
Ahrens, is a small fish in the big sea of Aussie wine. Exactly the
kind of fish we like. Both viticulturists by training, Suzi and Wayne
were bitten by the winemaking bug and started Smallfry in 2005, always
committed to native yeast ferments, zero to minimal adjustment, old
oak, and a soft hand in the cellar allowing the vineyard to speak.
Their style is food friendly, European-influenced, and restrained.
Wayne and Suzi own and farm this vineyard in Barossa’s Vine Vale
subregion, on the valley floor…and the vines are OLD, some dating back
to the 1850s!
We're loving their Eclectik Violet, aptly named for its neon purple
hue, their contribution to the light, bright, juicy red space.
Grenache dominant, with Cinsault playing a lesser role, the fruit is
sweet upon first sip (juicy dark cherries, violets and black plums)
but quickly transitions into tart, savory territory with sour
raspberries, spice and black tea, and a constant undercurrent of
energy. An exuberant, easy-drinking red for chilling and enjoying on
its own or with practically anything foodwise. Sadly, there's not
much to go around, as you might expect from a brand called Smallfry,
so act quickly if you're a fan of the chillable red.
SERVE SLIGHTLY CHILLED.