Every winery needs an attention seeking, exaggerated, overly emotional, dramatic, diva. Sometimes it’s the winemaker, sometimes the boss, or sometimes a family member! Fortunately not here, so we had to create one.
Is this a Pinot ‘gris’ style or Pinot ‘grigio’ style? The latter, dear reader, the latter. We deliberately pick the fruit at the lower end of its acceptable range to retain the quintessential crisp, light, fine qualities of both the variety & the region.
McLaren Vale is the source of many fine wines but it isn’t as often associated with the massively popular Sauvignon Blanc as some other regions. The truth is this intruder has every bit as much punch as its better-known neighbours – perhaps even a little more.
It takes a lot to strut. If you don’t have ‘it’ you just can’t get away with it. Our Strutter has it all and more. Plump-loaded with plush fruit and oak this is ‘shoulder pads Chardonnay’. The 80’s powersuit and big hair of the wine world. Well worth a retro revival.
Sangiovese is a grape that has a lot going for it. Think savoury, meaning it’s great with food; it has a cherry flavour which is a contrast to most other grapes we grow and it holds very good tannin structure. Its natural acidity means it always has an interesting and lively palate.
There were moves against this Merlot – some people would happily rip this grand Dame out by the roots and plant more Shiraz. If I had only ever tasted the big company Merlots I might have been there with a shovel myself, but this is something different. Every reason to plant and care for Merlot is right here in this glass and the argument to do so is compelling.
Renowned as one of the world’s great red grapes, Cabernet arguably finds its greatest expression in the maritime climate of Bordeaux. McLaren Vale is warmer and drier, but shares those maritime conditions.