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 enigmatic to the point of being problematic. It will not be pushed in a direction that it doesn’t want to go. We got a whole lot better at working with it when we realised that what we want matters very little to this grape. Sangiovese is unlike any other wine we make and while it has taken time to find a way to make it really express itself, I think now our Mongrel is living its best life.
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.
Hugh's was given the nickname 'Rascal' by his father Burt - and it's stuck!
“Shiraz and McLaren Vale”. A famous pairing. Shiraz in McLaren Vale grows well, always ripens, and with correct vineyard management, produces wines of great depth, flavour and structure.
The Muscat grape has a unique flavour that once tried is never forgotten. It is probably the only grape that produces wine with the same aroma as the grape itself. Sweet Muscats have the flavours of raisins and oranges.
There aren’t many times I can think of when adding a lighter colour leads to a darker one but the Jekyll is just that kind of paradox. By co-fermenting the varieties the Viognier skins help the colour molecules to form more stable complexes, and thereby create a darker colour.