Good things happen to those who wait…
We’ve decided to dust off our old Yesterday’s Hero label which hasn’t been seen since 2011, and make a 100% Grenache for The Picture Series again.
Which way over delivers in every way.
“‘Yesterday’s Hero’ is a reference to my favourite John Paul Young song, which I blared from my bright yellow Sigma back in the day, it always made me smile. The reference here is to Grenache being used as the back bone to so many great bottlings in the 60’s and 70’s but rarely receiving any credit… until now! The boxing gloves are to show a boxer after a fight, who has had enough and maybe can’t find the energy to go on. He was once a gloried boxer but today, he is just Yesterday’s Hero.” – MT
Every wine in the Picture Series has its own inspiration, our own take on popular culture. With some old school polaroid imagery by friend and photographer Don Brice and a quirky back label descriptor, the aim is to bring a smile to your face when you pick up the bottle, reminding you that wines should be approachable and of course… fun.
TASTING NOTES WRITTEN BY TWO HANDS WINES PROPRIETOR MICHAEL TWELFTREE UPON RELEASE:
COLOUR: A beautiful deep purple hue
AROMA: boisterous bouquet glazed berries, earth, tobacco, dried
herbs, dark cherry, lavender, dried roses and fennel
PALATE: “The palate is interesting as it starts with a lovely flow of nice, sweet, and dense fruit. It completely fills the palate and then evenly dispersive its fruits, this has excellent persistence. Showcasing why Blewitt Springs is such a magical environment for Grenache.
The sandy soils in Blewitt Springs, along with such a high elevation, create an environment where the grape ripen slowly and tannin development happens at a snail’s pace. The tannins here are of high quality, they are juicy and finish with excellent flesh and caressing fruits. The drinkability here of this wine is extremely high, it is a wine to enjoy and admire but it will not last long once opened.” – MT
THE GROWING SEASON
After our second La Niña year I a row, the vineyards received an above average winter rainfall, we then progressed into a very mild spring and an equally mild summer with only one day recorded over 40oC. Due to slightly later flowering, the vines were set up to mature at a slower than usual pace, this put the start of vintage back around 3 weeks on average, these mild ripening conditions allowed for slower than usual favour development, this matched with lower yield across the board has resulted in another quality harvest.
The fruit was picked on the 31st March 2022. Upon arrival at our Marananga winery it was left a few days to cold soak in 4-tonne round small batch fermenters, and was lightly plunged. Average time ‘on-skins’ was 12 days. All pressings were added back to the free run.
Aged for 6 months in a combination older French Oak puncheon and hogsheads.