Today’s missive is not just any Zinfandel. Its high elevation, gnarly head-trained, mountain-grown, Mt. Veeder Zinfandel. Iconic indeed! And lest we forget, 52% off! A steal of a braise and BBQ loving wine at just $20 a pop.
But first, a stroll down Zinfandel lane, shall we? Once upon a time, Zinfandel was the darling of the California wine industry. It created a platform for California to showcase its wine-growing skills and helped launch the region into world-renowned stardom. While Zin has been outshined by Cabernet, Pinot and other reds in more recent years, we still think it deserves a seat at the table, offering wisdom and stories of yesteryears. Besides, old vine Zin hands down takes the prize for best, most intense looking vineyard.
Now this is no syrupy nonsensical Zinfandel, no no, this is refreshingly bright with a long, dry finish. Its bursting with blackberries, tart cherries and marionberries with savory thyme, pepper, ever so subtle game and forest floor. Juicy, yet not over the top with a lovely balance of acidity. Only 97 cases produced! There isn’t much to go around folks!
We gathered up our stash for BBQ season, better get yours before we hoard the rest!
Marschall Groom Cellars is a very small family winery situated in the famous Barossa Valley region of South Australia. The winery produces three varietals, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz & Zinfandel - under the label GROOM.
Marschall Groom Cellars is the culmination of a dream, backed up by many years of talk and family discussion. The proprietors are David & Jeanette Marschall and their six children, and Daryl & Lisa Groom and their four children.
The dream started to become reality with the purchase of 87 acres of bare land in the Kalimna appellation of the Barossa Valley, directly adjacent to the renowned Penfolds Kalimna vineyard - the home of Grange. In 1997 the first acres on our Kalimna Bush Block were planted to Shiraz, producing its first crop in the 1999 vintage. To complement our young Shiraz fruit we source from one other very reputable high quality vineyard in the Barossa, the Fechner Vineyard which is home to 50 year-old vines.
The Barossa Valley is too warm to grow world class Sauvignon Blanc. This variety is ideally suited to much cooler, higher rainfall climates. After thoroughly researching the climatic conditions within South Australia, a 20 acre vineyard in the Adelaide Hills appellation of Lenswood was planted to provide the perfect grapes for our Sauvignon Blanc.
In 2000, 8 acres of experimental Zinfandel vines were planted on the Kalimna Bush Block. A very limited introductory wine release from these grapes was made from the 2003 vintage. The first Commercial release into the USA was the 2006 vintage.
Also working with the company to maintain and ensure our quality standards is Consultant Winemaker, Natasha Mooney; previously the winemaker for E&E Black Pepper Shiraz, and now working closely with Daryl to produce our stunning wines. Our wines are hand-crafted and produced in limited quantities.
Our desire for the GROOM label is to let the vineyards and their fruit do the talking in producing the style and quality of our wines. As proprietors, we have set the foundation in choosing the most ideal viticultural region needed to produce the highest quality for each of our chosen varieties.