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St John's Road

Prayer Garden Grenache

Prayer Garden Selection
Resurrection Vineyard, Ebenezer
The Special Selections Grenache is sourced from a small block on the flat, deep, red soils of our Ebenezer Resurrection vineyard. While the Grenache Block was only planted in 2003, the vine selection has great pedigree; original cuttings from the Riebke family's ancient ‘Prayer Garden’, so named because the 120 plus-year-old-vines grow on a 60cm high trellis, making pruners and pickers assume the ‘prayer’ kneeling position to do any work on the vines. This particular selection of Grenache is distinguished with its haunting purity and depth of flavour, showing the growing suitability of both the district, and more specifically, our Resurrection vineyard.
Vintages and Tasting notes
2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018
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Wine Press and Accolades

2017 Prayer Garden Grenache: 95 points - Rob Geddes – Apr 2019

Perfumed and dense with layers of aroma starting roses on top of red fruits with a subtle green peppercorn and pepper tree aromas. Red currant and red rose, with jammy fruits on the middle palate and a very pleasing complex fruit intensity with musk stick (an Australian confectionary) intensity on the middle and lingers floral red fruits. A top example of the red fruit ripe style.

2017 Prayer Garden Grenache: 95 points - Wine Companion – Mar 2019

Open-fermented, hand-plunged, matured in French puncheons (30% new) for six months. Bright clear crimson-purple; a very attractive grenache, its freshness and life exemplary, helped, of course, by the cool vintage. Red fruits fill the sense from start to finish.

2017 Prayer Garden Grenache: 90 points - Toni Paterson - The Real Review – Sep 2019

While there are attractive aromatics on the nose, this wine is all about the palate. Amazingly intense musk, rose petal and berry jam flavours. It is medium-bodied, juicy and textural with mild acidity, and there is a more-ish character to the palate that is quite irresistible.

2016 Prayer Garden Grenache: 94 points - Campbell Mattinson – Nov 2017

The aromas run free but the strain gauge is tight. This is a good drink now but it’s going nowhere in a hurry; tannin and acid have the leash pulled tight. Foresty berries, violets, subtle herb notes, orange rind; it tastes like wine plucked from a garden. The St John’s Road range is a treasure trove at present.

2016 Prayer Garden Grenache: 94 points – Tony Keys - The Key Report – Jul 2017

“This is cool but has hidden depths that PL brings to the fore halfway along the palate. It then intensifies to a smooth, long finish. 94 points and heaven, man, pure heaven. At $30 a bottle it’s a giveaway.”

2016 Prayer Garden Grenache: 90 points – Huon Hooke - Hooked on Wine – Jun 2017

“Medium to light red colour with slight purple tinges. The bouquet is floral and light, high-toned and fragrant. It’s light-bodied and attractively flavoured, with soft tannins and a savoury aftertaste. Very attractive grenache in a lighter-weighted style”

2015 Prayer Garden Grenache: 95 points – Tony Keys - The Key Report – Oct 2016

“Do you remember as a kid certain lollies, such as sherbet, exploded in the mouth, coating all parts in one explosive moment of pleasure? This is no lolly, and no kids drink, but the pleasure is instant and holds all the way to the end. 95 points and great value at $30 ”

2015 Prayer Garden Grenache : 94 points: 94 points – James Halliday - Wine Companion – Jul 2016

“Aromatic lively red fruits, with some red jube nuances. This is grenache as it should be: no mawkish confection, and doesn’t go soft on repeated tastes; as much dark as red fruit, its length and balance as pleasurable today as it will be in 5+ years.”

2015 Prayer Garden Grenache: 91 Points – The Wine Front – Jun 2016

“Comes from the Resurrection Vineyard in Ebenezer, 12 year old vines. Jubey, bright, spicy and floral. Medium bodied, fresh and lively, good depth of flavour, all raspberry sweetness tempered by some meaty and mineral complexity. Tannin is sure and fine grained, shapes and guides the wine nicely. Finishes sweet and juicy with a flourish of Grenache fanciness. Good balance and drinking appeal. Needs a year or two to settle down, but a promising debut. ”

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