Address: Shop 1/780 Bourke St, Redfern NSW 2016 | Tel: 02 9310 5454
Address: Shop 1/780 Bourke St, Redfern NSW 2016 | Tel: 02 9310 5454
Syrah blended with Viognier, the wines come from plots adjacent to the appellation of Cote Rotie. Vinification is in stainless steel vats and aging in barrels for 12 months.
Tim Smith Mataro Grenache Shiraz 2021 Discovering more old vine mataro and grenache in the ‘gardens’ of Tim Smith’s Barossa growers, provides him the perfect opportunity to craft a blend that is quite aromatic and in the ‘Rhone Style’ that he loves. Retaining all the plush palate weight is the hallmark of this wine, which is always purposefully mataro dominant. This allows the mataro fruit, which has a similar tannin structure as shiraz, to be ready to drink upon release as well as having some serious cellaring potential.
Minnow Creek The Black Minnow Sangiovese Cabernet 2018 Showing a generous entry of bright red fruits leading to an intense burst of deep vibrant dark cherry fruits with a touch of typical savouriness from the Sangiovese. The mid palate shows a rich complexity of red and black fruits derived from the Cabernet component.The back palate combines an intense array of vibrant complex berry flavours and allspice finishing with a delightful fine tannin structure of great length.
Eldorado Road Quasimodo 2019
40% Nero d’Avola / 32% Durif / 28% Shiraz
To understand Quasimodo you must venture beyond the surface and explore the inner soul. As individual varietal wines they can struggle for love but when blended together they can sing, shine and bring harmony.
Quasimodo is a unique Australian blend of Nero d’Avola, Durif & Shiraz sourced from the regions of Eldorado and Beechworth. It’s an amalgam of flavour and colour culminating in a complex rewarding wine.
The composition of this blend changes year on year depending on the season, the consistent desire is to create an affable drink that has layers of complexity built in through the unique varieties and vineyards it is composed of. The 2019 Quasimodo is very much in the medium bodied spectrum, plenty of bright fruit, lifted floral bouquet and fine chalky tannins.
In 2019 the Nero d’Avola came from our home vineyard at Eldorado planted on rare decomposed red granite soils, washed down from the Beechworth Plateau by the meandering Ready Creek that runs through the farm. Two different Nero ferments made their way into this year’s blend, picked at different about 10 days apart at different ripeness (12.3 & 13.1 baume), all fermented wild and one containing approximately 20% whole bunch. Basket pressed and seasoned for 16 months in aged French Oak Puncheons on gross lees.
The Shiraz component in 2019 comes from both the Mt Pilot Estate Vineyard (Eldorado) & Battely Vineyard (Beechworth). We really can’t overstate the quality of the fruit grown by Lachie and Penny Campbell at Mt Pilot Estate. Much like our own vineyards in Eldorado it falls just outside the Beechworth GI so is often overlooked, but the wine made from this fruit would make a stand alone Shiraz that would give the best from Beechworth a run for their money. The vineyard is in an isolated location up a dirt track perched in the Eldorado hills (The same granite formation as the Beechworth Plateau) amongst the boulders of an ancient granite outcrop. This vineyard is painfully low yielding and produces grapes of incredible concentration and flavor, we pick at around 13 baume to retain freshness. Fruit was split into 2 ferments, both gently destemmed to preserve whole berries with one containing approximately 20% whole bunches for a lifted perfume. Wine made from these grapes is consistently at the pointy end of our pre blending classification tasting and as previously stated would make an excellent stand alone wine. Something we have often pondered but due to tiny quantities of fruit available and its importance in this blend we have not yet pursued this pipe dream.
The second Shiraz component comes from two separate ferments of fruit from the Battely Vineyard that we manage in Beechworth. Both ferments were whole berry and displayed fresh fruit and fine graphite like tannins, the perfect fit for Quasimodo.
In 2019 Durif for Quasimodo was sourced from 2 vineyards, our home vineyard in Eldorado and excitingly the first crop from newly grafted vines at the Mt Pilot Estate just down the road. Both are cooler sites for this variety and produce elegant wines of restraint and finesse, a far cry from some of the monster powerhouses made from this variety. Part of the Eldorado component was fermented in a specialized puncheon fermentor, we have found wines fermented in these vessels have a really unique texture and mouthfeel, another layer of complexity in this unusual blend.
We are very conscious not to over extract the fruit as we want Quasimodo to be a wine that is a pleasure to drink in its youth with or without food, so as with all our reds it was hand plunged once daily and gently basket pressed straight to oak. Unfined, lightly filtered, Vegan Friendly. Bottled July, 2020.
Flametree SRS Wallcliffe Syrah 2018
This unashamedly medium bodied Syrah styled Shiraz shows lovely lifted spice, clove, orange peel, liquorice, plum, blackberry and earthy notes. The palate displays a wonderful core of elegant blue/black fruits, spice and fine tannins. The lifted fruits are supported by a nice core of oak and stalk tannin.
Hand picked fruit was refrigerated overnight before being carefully destemmed in order to retain whole berries. This fruit was conveyed into bins and again refrigerated whilst the stems were washed and dried in the sun for 5 days. The dried stems were placed in an open fermenter and the whole berry fruit was then poured over the stalks. The must was soaked for about 4 days before the wild ferment kicked in. Once the ferment was active we started to plunge and foot stomp the whole fruit and dried stems. After ferment was complete we pressed the skins and transferred the wine into 15% new French oak puncheons for 16 months maturation.
Cirillo Shiraz 2018 – made with grapes sourced from high altitude vines from Steingarten on the border of Barossa and Eden Valley ranges.
With open fermentation, natural yeast , basket pressed and then matured in seasoned French and American oak for 12 months.
The colour is dark, ink-like in appearance. It displays earthy spice driven aromas, with hints of berry fruits. Soft and delicate on the palate, typical of shiraz from this region.
It carries mid-palate weight, with a lengthy finish that lingers in the mouth for some time. This wine can be enjoyed now or over the next decade or two.
Craiglee Cabernet Sauvignon 2017. A sensational, medium-bodied cabernet sauvignon loaded with fragrant red and ripe blackberry fruits. It builds with savoury, cedary notes, supple velvety tannins and subtle oak that brings this wine together beautifully and to a long finish. Top stuff. All Craiglee wines are made from estate grown fruit, handpicked from vines that are hand pruned and carefully tended here on our family farm.
Marq DNA Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Lifted aroma of blueberry, black currant and chocolate mint with hints of cedary oak and signature Margaret River tomato leaf.
A full bodied wine with a rich juicy palate and abundant fine velvety tannins. It has intense red and black fruits with a background of tasty oak and hints of black jub and mocha.
Ridge Of Tears Shiraz 2017
An elegant Shiraz from Peter Logan’s Ridge of Tears range, the wine has perfumed berry and provence herb aromas of rosemary, thyme and fennel with a touch of white pepper. Smooth and velvety with a soft finish.
The same old thing. There’s plenty of that. Why make more?
When I started out, I wanted to make wine that I liked to drink. I wanted to excite me, not cater to a demographic. So against lots of strong opinions (including within my family) I began deviating from the usual winemaker script. Different to what we were taught at wine college. Different to what the establishment was doing.
I chose the then unfamiliar NSW Central Ranges as my base, planted Tempranillo, made Pinot Gris when few did, made Gewürztraminer (people still don’t), created whimsical labels and stories, fermented white grapes on their skins, used large barrel oak, wild yeasts, and now sell wine in kegs!
And our modern cellar door looks out to the world, not inward. I’d guess it’s that mindset that has allowed this small independent winemaker to still be excited to do the same old thing for 24 years.
The Wark Family have been growing Shiraz at Stonewell since they planted their vineyard on their farm in 1995. They grow fantastic Barossa Shiraz, and each vintage for the past few years we’ve been taking a bit more of their fruit. In 2013, we managed to get our hands on enough to release a wine made solely from their vineyard…a wine black in colour, brimming with plums, dark fruits, warm spices and ripe tannins. All the stuff you want to hear when people talk about top Barossa Shiraz. Our latest release had these words said.
The Octogenarian Grenache 2017
For decades we and our neighbours tended to our frugal Grenache vines on sandy soils at Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale. Commonly referred to as 80 year old vines, or “Perpetual Octogenarians”, their pedigree of quality became more evident over the decades. When the opportunity arose to become the next custodians of more of these meagre cropping, gnarly vines, the Collett family embraced them in 1988. We nurture these rarely respected Octogenarians and enjoy their lasting characters. Long live OCTO!
Grapes were traditionally fermented on skins and pumped over twice daily before being gently pressed on the 6th day of fermentation. To retain and enhance the juicy varietal character of Grenache, both free run and pressings were combined into a combination of stainless steel tanks and seasoned oak vessels for maturation.
A cooler vintage and long ripening season brought lively acidity and finely structured tannins to a wine with bright colour and lifted red fruit aromatics of cherry and raspberry. A combination of fine palate structure and bright red fruit aroma has built a balanced style of wine that will drink well in its youth or will reward you with careful cellaring of up to 8 years.
Enjoy with a selection of Spanish tapas, or crispy skin pork belly next to a roast pear and rocket salad.
Jasper Hill Georgia’s Paddock Shiraz 2019 Deep, rich dark blackberry and cherry with hints of vanille from the oak. Graphite minerality with a peppery spice. This is a rich and powerful wine that is densely textured with plush blackberry, liquorice and dark plum fruits, subtle scorched earth, dried herbs and blackpepper. Ripe chewy tannins provide great structure and give the finish a muscular feel. Superb depth of fruit with a very rich, long and robust aftertaste.
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