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2017 fruit salad block 'field blend' AUD$75 per 6 bottle case FOB
Old Barossa vineyards tended to be mixed plantings of different varieties, with the aim of making fortified or brandy. Our Eden Valley block on the Eastern Side of Springton was planted to make brandy back in 1855. To make the best spirit, varieties that were picked early and retained acidity and freshness were preferred. This makes a perfect opportunity to make a zippy, aromatic light dry white that is a truly vibrant and eclectic wine.
2017 the surly muse (available October 2017) AUD$80 per 6 bottle case FOB
Viognier has found its current recognition in being a ‘muse’ to shiraz wines, adding its unique aromatic lift and richness when added in tiny quantities. When some Viognier became available from grapes to be co-fermented with Shiraz, we jumped at the opportunity to explore a new wine style to Massena.
2017 Stonegarden Riesling (available September 2017) AUD$90 per 6 bottle case FOB
A true privilege to work with this historic vineyard, with golden clusters of Riesling that have that rare balance of pristine fruit flavour and bright natural acidity. The old vines are gently hand harvested and whole bunch pressed, followed by a cool fermentation over several months that gives a delicate yet textural expression of its origins.
2016 Primtivo AUD$80 per 6 bottle case FOB
Primitivo is what the Italians call the variety Zinfandel, which is revered in the Napa Valley in California. After trying the UC Davis clone of Zinfandel for a few years, we were sure that this variety would make generous and interesting wine, but somehow it just missed the mark. We sought Primitivo cuttings from the Puglia region of Italy and planted them on the gentle south slope of our ‘Dadds’ vineyard, which has yielded the perfect example of this intriguing varietal.
2015 the twilight path AUD$80 per 6 bottle case FOB
Primitivo Mataro Graciano
Every Wednesday evening as the sun was setting, my family used to walk a well worn path across an empty paddock behind our house to our friends house for dinner. One night over a glass of wine, the property owner suggested we plant this bare land to vineyard so they didn't have to keep maintainig the empty land. At the turn of the century we planted this land to varities new to the Barossa such as Primitivo, Tannat, Saperavi and Petit Sirah as well as some old favourites, Mataro and Cinsaut.
2016 the moonlight run AUD$90 per 6 bottle case FOB
Mataro Grenache Shiraz Cinsault
'the moonlight run' was the repetitive nightly drive from the Barossa to the Clare Valley that Dan and I would endure whilst working Harvest in 1999. During the drive home, we would often crave a soft slurpy wine to wash down a hard night's work. Out of this ideal we decided to make a Grenache based wine to be enjoyed whenever the mood takes hold.
2016 the eleventh hour (available September 2017) AUD$120 per 6 bottle case FOB
The sixty year old Shiraz vines from Greenock that produced the original wine were ready to be uprooted due to the lack of yields and the reluctance of other companies to pay a premium for this excellent fruit. After repeated requests for access to these grapes, at 'the eleventh hour' our growers decided to stop the bulldozer and retain a small area of these vines.
2016 the howling dog (available September 2017) AUD$100 per 6 bottle case FOB
Early experimental batches of Petite Sirah (some as small as 120kg’s) produced wines that were rich and deep, but had pronounced tannins that caused tasters to release a slight howl as it crossed the palate. We later planted other naturally tannic varietals Tannat and Saperavi and with lessons learnt, the only howl we hear now is one of enjoyment!