Charlie said it with great finality.
These 1946 model G-Spots are in deep wind-blown sand. Their roots go way down to the ironstone and clay, sometimes metres deep. This vineyard has not been watered since Bernard Smart, my neighbour, planted it.
Random bin, straight off the vine. Neat bunches like these from such old bushies have complex, juicy stem systems hidden within them. While some winemakers like to leave some stalks with whole bunches in the ferment, I tend to see them as being full of water and vegetal flavours that don't seem to sit real pretty in Grenache. We're all whoreses for causes. I like to see all the stalks and stems sitting in a stack like this: