The Stray Mongrel GSZ

2018 vintage

The addition of Zinfandel to the traditional blend of Grenache and Shiraz is unique to Hentley Farm... With each variety received, fermented and matured separately, the Stray Mongrel displays the level of aromatics and flavour complexity you would expect from a blend of such diverse varietals. It is the perfect companion to a variety of culinary delights.

$29.50

Accolades

Trophy - Best Grenache Dominant Wine of Show - 2019 Marananga Wine Show

Vineyard

C Block: Very shallow red clay loam overlying shattered limestone | North-south oriented rows | Elevated eastern aspect
Upshot: Reduced natural vine vigour | Intense and vibrant flavour profile

Vintage

Pre-Vintage
Rainfall: Late winter rainfall | Consistent Spring rainfall
Temperature: Warm Spring to early Summer
Upshot: Healthy leaf canopies | Hot Summer protection | Slow development

Vintage
Rainfall: Dry Summer and Autumn
Temperature: Hot January and February | Mild Autumn
Upshot: Delayed and extended harvest | Vibrant colours and powerful fruit | Wines of power and elegance

Winemaking

Fermentation: De-stemmed | extended skin maceration for 60 days
Oak: Old French – 70%, old American - 30% | Natural malolactic fermentation | 8 months maturation
Tech. Analysis: Alcohol – 14.5% | pH – 3.50 | Acid – 6.5g/L | RS – <1 g/L

Noteworthy Dates
Harvested: 6th March – 17th March 2018 | Bottled: December 2018 | Released: March 2020

Profile

Profile: Raspberry | Blueberry | Peppercorn | Nutmeg
Texture: Soft and even tannins | complex yet balanced | medium bodied

Characteristics
Animal: Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler)
Vehicle: Toyota Hilux
Musical: Snare Drum