Purple Hands is a partnership with Craig Stansborough and Mark Slade who are kicking some serious goals. Made from fruit from Zerk Lyndoch vineyards planted 1961 and ~1890, along with the Annandale vineyard in Williamstown planted in 1971.
Purple Hands Wines, Grenache, Barossa Valley, 2021
Fragrant and a little opulent. Blackberry and anise with plenty of dark raspberry. Bundles of stalky spice with spikes of maraschino cherry, based with crushed blue metal. There’s no escaping the roguish nature of the medium-full body but there’s undeniable charm and quality, bright fruit. Spice of the stalks (30% whole bunch) adds to the crunch and light chew of the tannins. Clean, crisp and bright finish. Plenty of joy for now and over the next ten or so years.
Rating: 18.25/20 (93/100)
Wine sample courtesy of Purple Hands Wines