The Silver Minnow — Pinot Gris 2020
Picked from a block in the North Western corner of the famous Langhorne Creek region of South Australia
Rich loamy soils over limestone give up a beautiful aromatic generous white wine suitable for immediate consumption or further enjoyment over the next 2 to 3 years properly cellared.
“A mid-weighted and highly textural gris. Drawing on the complexity that 40% barrel fermentation bestows, notes of nashi pear granita, quince, ripe apple and jasmine are galvanised by a judicious meld of oak and phenolics. A creamy core of leesy nougatine provides a well-judged counterpoint. Flavour, balance and versatility in spades.”
91 points, James Halliday, 2020.
Try it with a sensational Pad Thai or Turkish stuffed aubergines “Karniyarik” (See Rick Stein’s From Venice to Istanbul for inspiration!). Failing that, a nice lightly spiced piece of dory fillet with capers and tomatoes! Tasting heaven.
Colour: Brilliantly clear with fresh green tints.
Nose: Complex pear and apple, nuanced with allspice and subtle almond cream.
Palate: Delightfully rich entry, with an intensely flavoured mix of pear, apple and creaminess. A portion of wild yeast fermentation in second use French Oak contributes to an expansive roundness and depth, leading to an elegantly long finish, supported by fresh acidity.
Technical:13.5% Alc, pH 3.21, TA 6.2 G/l
New release! Our beautifully elegant Chardonnay is made entirely from stunning McLaren Vale fruit. Not content with usual production techniques, Tony ferments and matures 60% of the wine in French oak, creating an incredible lingering finish that’s as perfect for hot evenings with just-cooked seafood as it is with an autumn cheese platter.
Try it with Blue Swimmer crab, grilled flathead, or a lemon zesty risotto.
Colour: Very bright with lively green tints.
Nose: Beautiful rich notes of white peach and nectarine, together with light toasty French oak and a delicate almond creaminess.
Palate: A delightful rich entry of complex rich stone fruits, leading to a mid palate of great depth, minerality and persistence, finishing with fine supporting acidity. Drinking very well on release, this wine with careful cellaring will reward with great complexity and be a drinking pleasure for at least 5 years.
Technical: Barrel fermented in New French oak (25%) and second use French Oak (75%). Lees stirred for 6 months, then left undisturbed on lees for a further 5 months prior to bottling. Alc 13% pH 3.37 TA 6.4 g/l
The Black Minnow 2018
New release! The Black Minnow is our medium bodied vibrant red blend, made from Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Tony blended this wine in the vineyard on the spot, from a handful of grapes. They worked in the mouth, and they work in the bottle. When we first produced this wine, various wine critics were suspicious – a Sangiovese blend? In McLaren Vale? One sip, though, and they were converted. Our latest bottling is a racy, mid-bodied delight. With its stunning ruby-red colour, it looks as good in the glass as it tastes.
Try it with the smokiness of a wood oven pizza, or a sizzling serve of veal scaloppine.
Colour: Medium deep ruby red with a crimson rim.
Nose: A complex array of lifted spicy dark cherry and herbal notes combined with darker fruits and savoury characters.
Palate: 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. This wine was matured for 18 months in older French and American oak and will continue to drink well into 2025 and beyond.
Technical: 13.5% Alc pH 3.51 TA 6.4 g/l
Our Shiraz has been produced since 2005 from the Lopresti family’s Nursery block, from grapes that were planted in 1994. Tony will happily rave about the canopy to fruit ratio and firm savoury tannins of these incredible grapes, and in the bottle, they produce a punchy, deep wine that is alarmingly easy to drink.
Try it with: a vegetarian lasagne or the best beef fillet with a mushroom sauce.
Colour: Intense deep red with vivid crimson rim.
Nose: Concentrated bright deep blum and blackberries with a touch of aniseed and cinnamon.
Palate: A rich entry of bright plum and blackberry leading to a complex melding of intense dark fruits and spice, well integrated oak and fine persistent tannins, ending in a beautifully balanced long finish.
Advisable to decant prior to serving to see this wine at its best. Drinking well on release to 2018 and beyond in ideal cellaring conditions.
14% Alc/vol pH 3.44 7.1 g/l TA 100% Shiraz
The Reserve 2013
In 2013, we created The Reserve. This is a Cab Sav/Malbec blend, and it’s quite extraordinary. The Cab Sav also comes from our friends the Lopresti family, from their block known as the Green Shed. Despite demand, Tony refuses to make this blend unless the fruit quality is exceptional. James Halliday called it ‘a seriously good wine,’ and we agree – this is a wine to be shared over good news, great conversation and terrific company.
“Matured for 20 months in French oak, it has a fragrant bouquet and a powerful palate: cassis and plum fruit are seamlessly joined together, this union in turn is supported by tannins guaranteed to soften long before the fruit fades. A seriously good wine!”
95 points, James Halliday, 2016.
Try it with the best prime rib of Angus beef you can find.
Colour: A delightful deep garnet with purple rim.
Nose: The nose shows lifted blackcurrant, blueberry and touches of nutmeg and dark chocolate.
Palate: A medium bodied generous entry flows onto a complex combination of brooding dark fruits and oak spice. The fruit intensity continues to grow into the back palate whilst being supported by firm balanced acidity and persistent tannins. At this stage of release this wine is recommended to be decanted prior to serving. Cellar up to 15 years in good conditions.
Technical: 14% Alc/vol pH 3.46 6.8 g/l TA