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St John's Road

The Resilient Grenache

The Grenache vines of the Barossa Valley are some of the oldest in the world – having survived the vine pull scheme of the 1980s, as well as life almost permanently on the wrong side of fashion trends in wine. However, this versatile grape variety has endured to be the most widely planted in the world; partly because it’s used in everything from Rose to Fortified , but also because it’s a key component (often anonymously) in some of the world’s greatest wines.


Vintages and Tasting notes
2017 | 2018
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Wine Press and Accolades

2018 The Resilient Grenache - 100 Best Australian wines 19/20 - Matthew Jukes – Aug 2019

2017 The Resilient was nothing short of a sensation on the 100 Best Roadshow last year. This wine, with its pale hue and raspberry juice nose, which quickly turned ninja on the palate and shocked with its intensity, is back. And it’s even better. Carminehued, two or three pantones darker than the ’17, and imperceptibly richer on the palate (someone lobbed a punnet of cherries into the raspberry juice) this is one of my favourite wines of the year already not least because the look on peoples’ faces when they taste it is always one of shock, then awe and finally pure unabashed love. It should be the law that this is available in every single restaurant and bar in the world – it is simply that delicious and crowd-pleasing. I don’t need to remind you that it is a snip of a price, too, do I?

2018 The Resilient Grenache - 90 points - Gary Walsh – Jul 2019

Slightly smoky, red fruits, dried herb. Strawberry and perfume, soft and fine tannin, savory edge, balanced acidity, even finish. Easy to enjoy.

2018 The Resilient Grenache - 90 points - James Halliday – Jul 2019

Light, brilliantly clear crimson; there is a profusion of red flowers/fruits/berries on the vibrantly crisp, fresh palate. Serve slightly chilled on a warm day, and your worries will float away a la Leunig.

2018 The Resilient Grenache - 92 points - Steve Leszczynski - Q Wine – Mar 2019

Silky Grenache screaming value. I had to do a double take on the price. These St John’s Road wines keep banging the value drum hard. Some fruit sweetness precedes bright, juicy red fruits. It dances across the mouth with ease. Beautifully weighted, it projects an air with confidence before soft, fine spices wash through the mouth hanging long. Another glass, please. Drink now to five years.

Gold Medal - Royal Adelaide Wine Show – Sep 2018

2017 The Resilient Grenache - 93 points - Campbell Mattinson - Halliday Wine Companion – Aug 2018

Everything points here to it having been a very good vintage. This is effortless, jubey, juicy and delicious, a sound tether of tannin then tying it all neatly together. Pitch perfect in other words. Excellent value.

2017 The Resilient Grenache - 95 points - The Advertiser – Sep 2018

The front label of this bottle features a gnarly old grenache bush vine in the Barossa’s Stonewell district, from a vineyard managed by Paul and Angie Schutz. They’re named proudly as the vine and fruit providers for this wine, which has a rustic appeal to it, but also the innocent pleasure of chewing on a raspberry licorice stick. There’s good fruit lift out of the glass and a tight little fist of sandy tannins in the finish. And it’s also pretty bloody tasting as you sip your way further into the bottle. No wonder it won best grenache and best red and this year’s Barossa regional wine comp.

The Rod Schubert Trophy for Most Outstanding Barossa Red Table Wine, Premium Classes - 2018 Barossa Wine Show – Sep 2018

The Vinpac International Trophy for Best Grenache - 2018 Barossa Wine Show – Sep 2018

2017 The Resilient Grenache: 100 Best Australian Wines 18/19 - Matthew Jukes – Jul 2018

The Resilient, a wine which offers beguiling fruit, beautiful texture and a heavenly finish for a mere £15. Sourced from four vineyards located in the Barossa Valley – the Schutz family vineyard in Stonewell, the Hampel and Schiller sites in Ebenezer and Merv John’s property in Light Pass. The winemaking is extremely straightforward using open-top fermenters with a slice of fruit going through malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Old French hogsheads caress the fruit for 6 months and it is ready to go. The reason why this wine is so successful and memorable is the layering of the impeccable sources of fruit. The nose is tremendous with raspberry, rhubarb and red cherry tones in abundance. The palate is buoyant and racy and the finish is dry, raspy and keen. It is a brilliant wine.

2017 The Resilient Grenache: 90 points - Huon Hooke - The Real Review – Apr 2018

Medium to deep red colour with a good purple tint. The bouquet is sweetly ripe and floral with some dried herb, dried flower and spice nuances. The wine is sweetly ripe and rich, almost succulent, with delicious dark cherry grenache flavour and a warmth of alcohol. The tannins are fine and mild. Very enjoyable and top value.

2017 The Resilient Grenache: 5 stars - Rob Geddes – Jan 2018

Very inviting on the nose – cherry, raspberry and a touch of smoky oak. The wine has an attractive vibrancy to it. It’s a jumble of juicy red fruits, fine but firm tannins and fresh acidity. Excellent summer drinking, especially slightly chilled. I give this gorgeous Grenache a sold 5 stars!

2017 The Resilient Grenache: 94 points - Kim Brebach – BWU $20 – Dec 2017

The grapes come from old vines, and are turned into wine by Phil Lehmann. It’s awfully young but the charm of youth here is rich and seductive. It’s choc-full of raspberries and plums, pepper and spice and all things nice. Great drinking over the next couple of years, but let it breathe or decant it. So hard to find good Grenache at this price. 94 points.

2017 The Resilient Grenache: 92 points - Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front – Dec 2017

New wine to the St John’s Road range and so I don’t yet have the correct bottle image. It’s Barossa Grenache matured in all-French oak, none of it new.

It’s a lovely Grenache. It has a swing to it. Raspberry and redcurrant with flashes of anise and dry, sweet spice. A little jubey perhaps. Succulent too. You just want to drink it, and drink it. Very nicely priced it is too.

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