2016 CRFT Pinot Noir - The Budenberg Vineyard

The Vineyard               

The Budenberg Vineyard is managed & farmed by Mark & Andrie Whisson. The vineyard is owned by Ian & Rosie Budenberg.

Site location:    Piccadilly Valley – Adelaide Hills

Map coordinates: -34.97274,138.744384

Clones:           Majority 114 & 115, 1 row of MV6

Planted:          1995

Elevation:        540 meters

Aspect:           East facing

Rows:             19, 37-44, 66-69, 74-76.

Harvest:          15th March 2016

Tonnes:           2.1T

Soil:       Clay loam and shale with a mix ironstone, blue stone and quartz. An incrediblysteep and rocky site.

 

The Winemaking               

Hand-made by Candice and Frewin at their small winery in Carey Gully.

Grapes hand-picked & gently destemmed to retain whole berries with 25% whole bunches.

Cold soaked prior to wild fermentation in an open-top tank, then pressed to barrel once dry. Matured for 10 months in 100% French oak, 15% new oak.

Lees stirred in barrel for a few months.

Wild fermented, unfined, unfiltered and crafted with minimal additives, all CRFT wines are vegan.

Bottled February 2017, 169 dozen produced.

 

The Wine                                 

Dark and intense with violets, iodine and blackberry fruit. Vanilla bean and cinnamon spice lift, with mouth filling tannins and lengthy persistence.

Drinking:   Drink at release, will improve with cellaring.

Alcohol:    14% alc/vol.

RRP:        $39

Release:    Autumn 2018

 

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2016 CRFT Pinot Noir - The Broderick Vineyard

The Vineyard               

The Broderick Vineyard is owned and organically farmed by the Broderick family – Phil & Mary, with their sons Louis & Sholto.

Site location:    Basket Range – Adelaide Hills

Map coordinates: -34.930604, 138.778963

Clones:           50% MV6, 50% 777

Planted:          2000

Elevation:       440 meters

Aspect:           East facing

Harvest:          5th March 2016

Tonnes:           1.63T

Soil:       Rocky with sandstone and quartz through clay. 

 

The Winemaking               

Hand-made by Candice and Frewin at their small winery in Carey Gully.

Grapes hand-picked & gently destemmed to retain whole berries with 25% whole bunches.

Cold soaked prior to wild fermentation in an open-top tank, then pressed to barrel once dry. Matured for 10 months in 100% French oak, 15% new oak.

Lees stirred in barrel for a few months.

Wild fermented, unfined, unfiltered and crafted with minimal additives, all CRFT wines are vegan.

Bottled February 2017, 133 dozen produced.

 

The Wine                                 

Licorice, iodine and red fruits spun with warm charred oak. The palate shows dark cherries and blood plum flavours with lingering spice.

Drinking:   Drink at release, will improve with cellaring.

Alcohol:    14% alc/vol.

RRP:        $39

Release:    Autumn 2018

 

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2016 CRFT Pinot Noir - The Chapel Valley Vineyard

The Vineyard               

The Chapel Valley Vineyard is owned and farmed by Sam Virgara.

Site location:    Piccadilly Valley – Adelaide Hills

Map coordinates: -34.974428,138.737142

Clones:           114 & 115

Planted:          2000

Elevation:        490 meters

Aspect:           South facing

Rows:             10 to 14

Harvest:          16thMarch 2016

Tonnes:           1.8T

Soil: Grey sandy loam with a gravel mix, clay subsoil.

 

The Winemaking               

Hand-made by Candice and Frewin at their small winery in Carey Gully.

Grapes hand-picked & gently destemmed to retain whole berries with 25% whole bunches.

Cold soaked prior to wild fermentation in an open-top tank, then pressed to barrel once dry. Matured for 10 months in 100% French oak, 15% new oak.

Lees stirred in barrel for a few months.

Wild fermented, unfined, unfiltered and crafted with minimal additives, all CRFT wines are vegan.

Bottled February 2017, 105 dozen produced.

 

The Wine                                 

Elegantly perfumed, spearmint, nutmeg, red fruits and citrus peel. The silky texture combines with sweet wild strawberry flavours, licorice and fresh bay leaf.

Drinking:   Drink at release, will improve with cellaring.

Alcohol:    14% alc/vol.

RRP:        $39

Release:    Autumn 2018 

 

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2016 CRFT Pinot Noir - The Whisson Lake Vineyard

The Vineyard               

The Whisson Lake Vineyard is owned and farmed by Mark & Andrie Whisson.

Site location:    Piccadilly Valley – Adelaide Hills

Map coordinates: -34.967153, 138.751102

Clones:           D5V12, 777, 114,115, MV6

Planted:          1985

Elevation:        610 meters

Aspect:           North East facing

Harvest:          23rdMarch 2016

Tonnes:           903kg

Soil: Clay with schist and Gneiss.

 

The Winemaking               

Hand-made by Candice and Frewin at their small winery in Carey Gully.

Grapes hand-picked & gently destemmed to retain whole berries with 25% whole bunches.

Cold soaked prior to wild fermentation in an open-top tank, then pressed to barrel once dry. Matured for 10 months in 100% French oak, 15% new oak.

Lees stirred in barrel for a few months.

Wild fermented, unfined, unfiltered and crafted with minimal additives, all CRFT wines are vegan.

Bottled February 2017, 65 dozen produced.

 

The Wine                                 

Our first wine produced from this beautiful Piccadilly Valley vineyard.

Elegant and alluring, perfumed and lifted with blueberries, red fruits and an almond nuttiness. Round with an oily, sweet texture, lengthy and powerful, classically Whisson Lake.

Drinking:   Drink at release, will improve with cellaring

Alcohol:    14% alc/vol.

RRP:        $39

Release:    Autumn 2018 

 

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2015 CRFT Shiraz - The Fechner Vineyard

The Vineyard               

Owned and farmed by Graeme and Michael Fechner at Moculta in the Eden Valley.

Site location:    Moculta – Eden Valley

Map coordinates: -34.475005,139.071367

Clone:            1654

Planted:          1999

Elevation:        345m

Aspect:           East facing

Rows:             35 to 37

Harvest:          4thMarch 2015

Tonnes:           2.1T

Soil:  Sitting on the edge of a marble seam, the ancient earth is a mixture of grey schist, integrated with shallow limestone and red clay. Packed with minerality.

 

The Winemaking               

Hand-picked in the cool of the morning and gently destemmed to preserve whole berries.

Fermented in an open top tank with a light hand plunge two-three times daily.

Basket pressed directly to oak with 3 weeks’ barrel fermentation followed by 10 months’ maturation in oak - 80% French, 20% American, 15% new oak.

Unfined, unfiltered, vegan.

Bottled on 15th February 2016, 140 dozen produced.

 

The Wine                                 

Meaty and savoury with smoky notes and black cardamom, yet lifted with bright fruits, berries and fresh plum. Dense and layered, every mouthful offers more to the story. The soil, the minerality, the small sweet dark berries all there, giving a wine of great elegance and depth.  Complex and intriguing as always and classically Eden – it opens, grows and evolves with every glass.

Alcohol: 14.0% alc/vol

RRP: $49

Release: 2017 Winter release

 

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2016 CRFT Pinot Noir - The Arranmore Vineyard

The Arranmore Vineyard               

The Arranmore Vineyard is owned and farmed by Candice & Frewin. Purchased in March 2016, the vineyard has been farmed organically since purchase and was certified 'In-Conversion to Organic' by NASAA in April 2018. Full certification will follow in 2019.

Site location:    Piccadilly Valley – Adelaide Hills

Map coordinates: -34.969091, 138.760670

Clones:          115

Planted:         1998

Elevation:       545 meters

Aspect:          East facing

Harvest:         24th March 2016

Tonnes:          1.99T

Soil: Rich dark loam with clay and gravel mix, small pieces of quartz and ironstone sprinkled throughout.

 

The Winemaking               

Hand-made by Candice and Frewin at their small winery in Carey Gully.

Grapes hand-picked & gently destemmed to retain whole berries with 25% whole bunches.

Cold soaked prior to wild fermentation in an open-top tank, then pressed to barrel once dry. Matured for 10 months in 100% French oak, 15% new oak.

Lees stirred in barrel for a few months.

Wild fermented, unfined, unfiltered and crafted with minimal additives, all CRFT wines are vegan.

Bottled February 2017, 137 dozen produced.

 

The Wine                                 

Charry spice, with caraway seeds and a gamey, broody nose. Strawberries and cream with silky tannins and lingering fruit.

Drinking:   Drink at release, will improve with cellaring.

Alcohol:    14% alc/vol.

RRP:        $39

Release:    Autumn 2018 

 

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2017 Theia Chardonnay - Arranmore Vineyard

The Arranmore Vineyard               

Estate-owned, managed and farmed, the 5 acre Arranmore Vineyard planted from 1995- 1998, is situated at Carey Gully in the Piccadilly Valley (Adelaide Hills).

The Arranmore Vineyard has been farmed organically since January 2016 and will undergo the process to become NASAA Certified Organic in 2018.

The vineyard is East facing and sits at 550 meters above sea level.

 

The Winemaking               

Hand-picked, whole bunch pressed to tank on full solids, allowing wild fermentation to progress in tank. Transferred to oak for barrel fermentation about half way through ferment. 40% new oak, 60% older used oak, 100% French, 6 months in barrel. Lees stirred in oak for a few months, with full MLF. Wine remained on full lees until racked before bottling.

Unfined and unfiltered. Small SO2 addition pre-bottling, no other additions. Bottled October 2017, 63 dozen.

 

The Wine                                 

2017 vintage is the first release of the Theia Chardonnay.

Funky and flinty with warm toasted hazelnut, sesame seed, citrus and peach.
Shows shortbread and apricot stone fruit and an utterly creamy mouthfeel with soft lingering acidity.

Ready to drink at release, will improve with bottle age.

Alcohol 11.5% alc/vol

Sugar/GF Dry / <0.1g/L

RRP Release  $45

 

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