'Duck, Duck, Cat' Grenache 2021

Barossa Valley

‘Duck, Duck, Cat’ Grenache 2021


2020 will be remembered for many reasons, and by us for at least two good reasons.

In 2020 we crushed the first Grenache for Genista from our single acre of 1944 planted vines.

We also got to know Rose, the local Barossa Wildlife Rescue (BWR) owner. Through Rose we adopted two Muscovy ducks named Willow and Jemima, and a tabby cat named Tabitha.

Rose works tirelessly to rescue and rehabilitate local wildlife and to support her work, we’re donating $3 from the sale of every bottle of ‘Duck, Duck, Cat’ to BWR.

This 2021 vintage marks our second year of producing Grenache from these old vines.


Buy any 6 or more wines from the New Release range for $30 a bottle

Alcohol: 15.0%
pH: 3.44
TA: 6.25 g/L
Residual sugar: 2.36 g/L (equates to 0.35g/glass)


  • No fining agents used (only gravity!)
  • Vegan friendly

We received decent winter rainfall for the first time in a few years, setting the vines up for a good start to the growing season.

Towards the end of winter we combined two of our favourite things – incorporating technology and data into the vineyard by installing two in-ground moisture probes.

Through the use of this data, we were able to irrigate more effectively and despite the third drought year in a row we achieved good quality and yield from our 2020 crop.

Spring and early summer were fairly normal. By January conditions were starting to ease and February was the mildest summer in ~20 years, allowing the fruit time to hang on the vine post-veraison and develop flavour.

The grapes were handpicked on 18 March and the fruit fermented in an open top fermenter. One-third of whole bunch whole berries on the bottom and two-thirds destemmed on top, creating a small layer of carbonic maceration.

After fermentation the fruit was basket pressed straight to oak, finishing primary and secondary fermentation in the barrel.

Following this, the wine was racked off gross lees before returning to barrel and allowing it to mature in two seasoned hogsheads, 1 French and 1 American, for 11 months.

We’ve created a style of Grenache that we enjoy drinking ourselves – generous, fruit-driven and vibrant.

Reviews & Awards

92 points – Ken Gargett, Wine Pilot
The wonderfully named Grenache from the Barossa is back with a new vintage, and definitely an exciting one. And remember, every bottle sold contributes to the local Barossa Wildlife Rescue operation. Drink well and save the world. This is the second release of this wine, from their single acre of their Grenache, planted back in 1944. I really hope that winelovers are jumping on board the great Aussie Grenache train, whether they come from the Barossa, McLaren Vale or wherever. So many crackers.Here we have a vibrant purple colour. Mulberries, chocolate, florals, this is fresh and exuberant. There are notes of red currants and a whiff of musk. Lovely focus here, right through to the very fine, if ever-so-slightly sandy tannins. A fresh, delicious Grenache for drinking over the next 2-3 years, though it will surely go much further if you can resist.

92 points – Ray Jordan, Wine Pilot
This is a modern medium bodied Grenache designed to capture all that is good in this variety from the Barossa Valley. Opens with a slightly damp earthy, rose petal and light lifted red fruit nuance. The palate is smoothly textured with a fine integrated tannin and oak contribution. Sweet chocolate and a balancing dried herb character provides a nice combination. Slippery and smooth.
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91 points – Jeni Port, Wine Pilot
Easy drinking all the way with a flood of plum, dark cherries, anise and light spice saturating the tastebuds. There’s plenty of bounce here, both flavour-wise and in the lively purple-dark cherry bright colour. It’s a fine follow-up to the 2020 DDC with the same degree of attention in bringing out the fruit’s delicious spice, tasty black and red fruits, chocolate with just a hint of varietal-led confection. This is a wine intended to be enjoyed now with oak nicely in balance and understated to the fruit.
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Silver Medal 2021 Winewise Small Vigneron Awards

Dan Traucki, Wine Assist
“A new label to memade from vines planted in 1944. Superb depth of bright purple colour, aromas of red berries, spices & a hint of brambliness, a lovely appealing mouthful of plummy flavours with dash of dried herbs & a sensational long lingering finish. UTTERLY DIVINE.”

91 points – Jeni Port, Wine Pilot
There’s a lovely story behind this cracker of a wine. In 2020, Genista not only crushed its first grenache, but adopted two Muscovy ducks and a tabby cat from the Barossa Wildlife Rescue (BWR), hence the wine’s name. And the story gets better because Genista’s owners – Lloyd and Sarah – will donate $3 from the sale of every bottle of Duck, Duck, Cat to the BWR. Reason enough to buy a bottle or two. And, I might add, it’s one smart wine, showcasing what we might call the new, improved Australian winemaking approach to grenache that propels fruit and spice forward rather than oak and alcohol.
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91 points – Ken Gargett, Wine Pilot
An appealing crimson colour. The nose offers an array of aromas; warm earth, strawberries, roast meats and old leather. The palate is of mid-weight and there is a supple texture, through to very fine tannins, though they are a touch gritty, as one often encounters with this grape. Bright acidity too so drink over the next three to four years, and probably much longer. Very attractive.
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