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Tim Gramp

Mintaro/ Leasingham Road, Watervale, 5452

Cellar Door: Weekends and pub hols (11 - 4)

Ph: (08) 8344 4079

Tim Gramp was established in 1990. Tim and Kathy Gramp bought the property in 1996, extensively renovating the 1860's cottage and re- establishing the winery complex.

The Gramps for two generations were at the heart of running of the historic Orlando but sold the winery in the 1970s.

Tim Gramp, is a Roseworthy graduate and learnt his craft in the McLaren Vale.

The cellar door is located in the 1860s stone cottage that was originally used as a half way house by Burra copper miners. There are 16 ha of estate vines and some of the fruit is also sourced from McLaren Vale.

The portfolio includes Shiraz, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache.

cellar door
Tim Gramp cellar door at Leasingham (photo: genxywines)
Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Tim Gramp Watervale Riesling 2016

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2017, subdued orange blossom and musk nose but shows bright lemon and lime flavours on the open palate with a dusting of brown spices, tangy lemon peel acidity (***1/2)

Tim Gramp Watervale Riesling 2013

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melbourne ($21)

Drink: 2014 or 2020 I you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2013, perfumed citrus blossom nose, open and early developing style showing lime, red apple and lemon sherbert with musky notes, moderately slaty with talcy texture, vibrant spine lemon rind acidity provides the drive, something I would  drink this summer rather than cellaring but will develop with medium term cellaring (****)

Tim Gramp Watervale Riesling 2012

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2014 or 2019 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2013, perfumed orange blossom nose, open and ripe lime, apple and lemon sherbert with musk and brown spice notes, talcy texture, crunchy backbone of lemon rind acidity tightens up the palate structure (****)

Tim Gramp Watervale Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2013, lighter bodied than usual despite the basket pressing, mulberry and cassis with mint and violet notes, glycerolly medium bodied palate with a herbaceous capsicum aspects, backbone of firm, grainy tannins, rich charry cinnamon/coconut/dark chocolate oak and lively acidity (***1/2)

Tim Gramp Watervale Riesling 2011

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, perfumed orange blossom nose, generous lime, pear and lemon sherbert with rose petal notes, talcy and open palate with good length, tangy lemon rind acidity becoming softer on slaty finish (***1/2)

Tim Gramp Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Purchased: Cellarbrations, St. Kilda ($22)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2011, intensely flavoured mulberry and cassis with mint and violet notes, plump and glycerolly medium-full bodied palate with a slightly herbaceous capsicum edge, finishes with spine of chalky tannins, overt charry cinnamon/coconut/dark chocolate oak and fresh acidity, good length (***1/2)

Tim Gramp Riesling 2008

Purchased: Dan Murphys (Norwood Hotel), Adelaide

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, sourced from Watervale fruit, dry and floral slowing generous lime, green apple and lemon zest with rose petal notes, slaty minerality with a crisp, focussed and slightly savoury finish (***1/2)

Tim Gramp Watervale Riesling 2007

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2008, vibrant, forward and ripe style showing lime, lemon sherbert and tropical fruit, powdery and slaty mineral undercarriage, flavoursome and slightly confectionary, crisp lemon acid finish (***1/2)

Tim Gramp Watervale Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2008, restrained blackcurrant and dark plum with menthol and dark chocolate features, savoury, earthy and medium-full bodied, dusty tannins, discrete American oak (***1/2)

Tim Gramp Watervale Cabernet Sauvignon 1999

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: June 2004, an austere and medium bodied blackcurrant fruit with a touch of redcurrant, showing cedar and mint over the spicy oak that underpins the whole wine, dark chocolate finish with dusty tannins (***)