SOLD OUT - 2015 CRFT SHIRAZ - THE FECHNER VINEYARD

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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: $45

Release: 2017 Winter release

SOLD OUT - 2016 CRFT PINOT NOIR - THE CHAPEL VALLEY VINEYARD

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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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SOLD OUT - 2016 CRFT PINOT NOIR - THE WHISSON LAKE VINEYARD

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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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SOLD OUT - 2016 CRFT PINOT NOIR - THE BUDENBERG VINEYARD

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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.

SOLD OUT - 2016 CRFT PINOT NOIR - THE BRODERICK VINEYARD

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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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SOLD OUT - 2016 CRFT Pinot Noir - The Arranmore Vineyard

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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.

SOLD OUT - 2017 Theia Chardonnay - Arranmore Vineyard

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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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SOLD OUT - 2017 Theia The White - Arranmore Vineyard

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The 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               

Pinot Noir / Chardonnay / Sauvignon Blanc. Each variety hand-picked separately. The whites gently destemmed, the Pinot Noir whole bunch pressed. All three varieties combined on full solids in an open-top and co-fermented on Chardonnay and Sauv Blanc skins.

Wild fermented dry on skins, then pressed and transferred to barrel.

100% older used oak, 100% French oak, 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, 48 dozen.

 

The Wine                                 

2017 is the first release of The White.

We love this girl for ever-evolving personality. Strawberries, wild herbs and green mango, savoury and flinty, floral and lifted, it’s all about the texture and fruit.

Ready to drink at release, can be cellared for up to 5 years.

Alcohol 11.5% alc/vol.

Sugar/GF Dry / <0.1g/l

RRP $40

 

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SOLD OUT - 2017 Theia Pinot Noir - Arranmore Vineyard

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The 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. Pinot Noir Clone D5V12

 

The Winemaking               

Hand-picked and hand-sorted to tank, 100% whole bunches. Cold soaked prior to wild fermentation on skins. Pressed to barrel once dry.

50% new oak, 50% older used oak, 100% French, 6 months in barrel.

Lees stirred in oak for a few months. Wine remained on full lees until racked before bottling.

Unfined and unfiltered. Small SO2 addition pre-bottling, no other additions. Bottled October 2017, 51 dozen.

 

The Wine                                 

2017 is the first release of Theia Pinot Noir.

Think strawberries in a forest, lifted with sweet red berries, spice and jam. Lively and bright, yet savoury and broody – the yin and yang of Pinot.

Ready to drink at release, will improve with cellaring.

Alcohol 12.5% alc/vol.

Sugar/GF Dry / <0.1g/L

RRP $40

 

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SOLD OUT - 2017 Mencia - THE SCHMIDT VINEYARD

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The Vineyard               

The Schmitds grow our Mencia grapes at their property in Vine Vale, located in the heart of the Barossa Valley.

 

The Winemaking               

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 once or twice daily.


Pressed directly to barrel for Malo-lactic fermentation and left to mature in oak for 10 months’ - 100% French, 50% 1 year old / 50% older oak.

100% Barossa Valley Mencia.

Unfined, unfiltered, wild fermented, vegan. Handmade by Candice and Frew at their Arranmore property winery in Carey Gully.

Bottled on 5th February 2018, 75 dozen produced.

 

The Wine                                 

Medium bodied and deep in colour, this is our first release of our Mencia. Lifted with dark flavours of blackberry jam, currents and loaded with spice of black cardomon and anise.

Drinking: Ready at release, or cellar for 3-5 years and beyond.

Alcohol: 13.5% alc/vol

RRP: $29

 

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SOLD OUT - 2017 GRÜNER VELTLINER - LONGVIEW VINEYARD

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The Vineyard                                  

Brothers Peter and Mark Saturno and Vineyard Manager Dino Cotsaris grow our Longview Vineyard Grüner Veltliner at Macclesfield, Adelaide Hills.

Site location:    Macclesfield – Adelaide Hills

Map coordinates:  -35.192097, 138.821556

Elevation:        300 to 320m

Slope:            South facing steep slope

Planted:          2011 on own roots

Clones:           Iby, HHW A1-2, HHW A1-3

Rows:             30-45

Harvest:          22nd March 2017

Tonnes:           2.31T

Soil: Rocky and scattered with ironstone and quartz. Fine silt & sandy loam topsoil, dense clay and loam subsoil.

The Winemaking    

100% Adelaide Hills Grüner Veltliner, hand-picked in the cool of the morning.

Gently whole-bunch pressed followed by wild fermentation on full solids.

Fermented cool and slow in a stainless steel tank aiming to preserve the purity of vineyard & fruit flavours, followed by time on lees for mouthfeel.

Unfined and crafted with minimal additives, all CRFT wines are vegan.

Bottled on 4th July 2017, 146 dozen produced.

Hand-made by Candice & Frewin at their Arranmore property in the Piccadilly Valley, Adelaide Hills.

The Wine                      

Intense with grapefruit, apple and citrus, hinting at pepper with warm anise spice; peach and nectarine stone fruit flavours in the background. Lovely fruit concentration and creamy mouthfeel, textural with mouth filling acidity, a classic mark of the 2017 vintage.

Drinking:   Ready to drink on release, will cellar for 10+ years.

Alcohol:    13.5% alc/vol

Sugar/GF:   Dry / <0.1g/L

RRP:        $29

Release:    October 2017

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SOLD OUT - 2017 GRÜNER VELTLINER - K1 VINEYARD

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The Vineyard                                  

Geoff Hardy grows our K1 Vineyard Grüner Veltliner from his beautiful property at Kuitpo.

Site location:    Kuitpo - Adelaide Hills

Map coordinates:  -35.226406,138.668736

Planted:          2008 (grafted)

Elevation:        300 to 320m

Aspect:           North West facing

Row orientation:  East-West

Harvest:          18th April 2017

Tonnes:           1.87 T

Soil: Rocky, flinty ground with ironstone and sandstone, and orange clay loam.

 

The Winemaking               

100% Adelaide Hills Grüner Veltliner, hand-picked in the cool morning.

Half of the fruit was destemmed followed by 48 hours’ skin contact prior to pressing. The remaining fruit, whole bunch pressed to tank at receival.

Combined and wild fermented as one batch on full solids, with cool and slow fermentation in a stainless steel tank aiming to preserve the purity of vineyard & fruit flavour. Followed by time on lees for mouthfeel.

Unfined and crafted with minimal additives, all CRFT wines are vegan.

Bottled on 4th July 2017, 126 dozen produced.

Hand-made by Candice & Frewin at their Arranmore property in the Piccadilly Valley, Adelaide Hills.

 

The Wine                                 

A complex and textural style, warm spice, floral notes and nuttiness, surrounded by classic Kuitpo flavours of white pear, green apple with hints of thyme & celery. Minerally acidity, zippy like kiwi fruit with great mouthfeel and structural persistence.

*While young (<1yo), can benefit with a short time to open in the glass or bottle before drinking

Drinking:   Ready to drink on release and will improve with age. Cellar 10+ years.

Alcohol:    13% alc/vol

Sugar/GF:   Dry / GF <0.1g/L

RRP:        $29

Release:    October 2017 

 

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SOLD OUT 2015 Shiraz – Little Hill Vineyard

 

The Vineyard                                  

John and Al Shobbrook own and farm this biodynamic vineyard.

Site location: Seppeltsfield – Barossa Valley

Map coordinates: -34.501853,138.915622

Clone: 1654

Planted: 1998

Elevation: 241 meters

Aspect: West facing

Rows: 30-35

Harvest: 17th February 2015

Tonnes: 1.05T

Soil: Heavy, dense dark brown and red clay over limestone.

 

The Winemaking        

Hand-picked in the cool of the morning and gently de-stemmed 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 three weeks’ barrel fermentation followed by 11 months’ maturation in oak – 55% French, 45% American, with 35% new oak.

Unfined, unfiltered and vegan.

Bottled on 15th February 2016, 78 dozen produced.

 

The Wine                                

With its dense rich soil and warm sunny slope, the Little Hill Shiraz is intense and opulent. Generous dark cherry fruit and blackberry jam with cardamom and vanilla spice. The palate bursts with layers of fruit, smooth, silky and vibrant, with powdery tannins and baked gingerbread biscuit notes.

Alcohol: 14.5% alc/vol

Release: Winter release - Aug 2017.

Drinking... enjoy now or cellar to 2035.

 

Reviews                              

94 points - Philip Rich, Halliday Wine Companion.

93 points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

93 points - Huon Hooke

 

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SOLD OUT 2015 SHIRAZ - CEMETERY VINEYARD

 

The Vineyard                                  

Andy Kalleske grows our Cemetery Vineyard Shiraz.

Site location:    Ebenezer – Barossa Valley

Map coordinates:  -34.400246,139.001391

Clone:            1654

Planted:          1998

Rows:             25 to 28

Elevation:        280 meters

Aspect:           North West facing

Harvest:          19th February 2015

Tonnes:           2.07T 

Soil: Clay loam topsoil over deep red clay and ironstone - the ancient tight red clays restrict vine growth, increasing the intensity of flavour and colour in the fruit.

 

The Winemaking        

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 to three times daily.

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

Unfined, unfiltered and vegan.

Bottled on 15th February 2016, 141 dozen produced.

 

The Wine                                

Never on the shy side, the Cemetery Shiraz bears all. Rich and concentrated, dried fig, blackberry, blackcurrant and cinnamon. The palate is velvety and smooth with pops of red current. Dark and bold, yet elegant and feminine, she is all power and soul.

Drinking: Ready now or cellar to 2030, perhaps beyond.

Alcohol: 15% alc/vol

RRP: $39

Release: Oct 2016

 

Reviews                              

95 points - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion

93 points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.

93 points - Huon Hooke

 

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SOLD OUT 2016 GEWÜRZTRAMINER - K1 VINEYARD

The Vineyard                                  

Geoff Hardy grows our K1 Vineyard Gewürztraminer from his beautiful property at Kuitpo.

Site location:    Kuitpo - Adelaide Hills

Map coordinates:  -35.227707,138.671739

Planted:          2008

Elevation:        300 to 320m

Slope:            North-West facing

Harvest:          20th February 2016

Tonnes:           2.4T

Soil: Bright orange clay with a rocky gravel, ironstone, sandstone and quartz mix.

 

The Winemaking        

100% Adelaide Hills Gewürztraminer

Picked in the early-morning cool, followed by 24 hours’ skin contact in the press.

Gently pressed followed by wild fermentation on full solids.

Fermented cool and slow in a stainless steel tank to preserve the purity of vineyard & fruit, followed by time on lees for mouthfeel.

Unfined and crafted with minimal additives, all CRFT wines are vegan.

Bottled on 15th June 2016, 170 dozen produced.

Hand-made by Candice Helbig & Frewin Ries in the Piccadilly Valley, Adelaide Hills.

 

The Wine                                

Gewurztraminer ripens unevenly on the vine, which is a blessing when it comes to the winemaking. The result?... a spectrum of flavours as well as a kick of natural acidity from the less-ripe berries.

Lifted with lychee, quince and delicate citrus blossom. Grapefruit undernotes and scented rose. Fresh and light-bodied, utterly smashable, with a good whack of texture to-boot.

Drinking: Ready to drink at release, cellar to 2026.

Alcohol: 12% alc/vol

GF / sugar - dry

RRP: $27

Release: 31st Oct 2016

 

Reviews                               

95 points - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion

 

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SOLD OUT - 2016 GRÜNER VELTLINER - K1 VINEYARD

The Vineyard                                  

Geoff Hardy grows our K1 Vineyard Grüner Veltliner from his beautiful property at Kuitpo.

Site location:    Kuitpo - Adelaide Hills

Map coordinates:  -35.226406,138.668736

Planted:          2008 (grafted)

Elevation:        300 to 320m

Aspect:           North West facing

Row orientation:  East-West

Harvest:          9th March 2016

Tonnes:           2.12 T

Soil: Rocky, flinty ground with ironstone and sandstone, and orange clay loam.

 

The Winemaking        

100% Adelaide Hills Grüner Veltliner.

Hand-picked in the cool of the morning.

Gently whole-bunch pressed followed by wild fermentation on full solids.

Fermented cool and slow in a stainless steel tank to preserve the purity of vineyard & fruit, followed by time on lees for mouthfeel.

Unfined and crafted with minimal additives, all CRFT wines are vegan.

Bottled on 15th June 2016, 150 dozen produced.

Hand-made by Candice Helbig & Frewin Ries in the Piccadilly Valley, Adelaide Hills.

 

The Wine                                

Intensity and concentration from 2016 – grapefruit, ginger and star anise spice, hinting at freshly sliced radish with the always-present Kuitpo minerality and wet slate. Medium bodied, the palate shows sweet melon and white pepper. The mouthfeel is creamy with lingering yellow nectarine fruit.

Drinking: Ready to drink now or cellar to 2030.

Alcohol: 13% alc/vol

GF / sugar - dry

RRP: $29

Release: 31st Oct 2016

 

Reviews                               

Hot 100 Wine 2016/2017 - TOP 100 - White wines all about texture

95 points - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion

 

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SOLD OUT - 2016 GRÜNER VELTLINER - LONGVIEW VINEYARD

The Vineyard                           

Brothers Peter and Mark Saturno and Vineyard Manager Dino Cotsaris grow our Longview Vineyard Grüner Veltliner.

Site location:    Macclesfield – Adelaide Hills

Map coordinates:  -35.192097, 138.821556

Elevation:        300 to 320m

Slope:            South-facing steep slope

Planted:          2011 on own roots

Clones:           Iby – 2016 vintage single clone

Rows:             30-45

Harvest:          7th March 2016

Tonnes:           2.2T

Soil: Rocky and packed with ironstone and quartz minerality. Dense clay and loam subsoil.

 

The Winemaking        

100% Adelaide Hills Grüner Veltliner.

Hand-picked in the cool of the morning.

Gently whole-bunch pressed followed by wild fermentation on full solids.

Fermented cool and slow in a stainless steel tank to preserve the purity of vineyard and fruit, followed by time on lees for mouthfeel.

Unfined and crafted with minimal additives, all CRFT wines are vegan.

Bottled on 15th June 2016, 155 dozen produced.

Handmade by Candice Helbig & Frewin Ries in the Piccadilly Valley, Adelaide Hills.

 

The Wine                                

Zingy and alive; lemon, lime and white mulberries with sweet sliced green beans, freshly sliced vanilla bean and spice. The pallet explodes with a burst of acidity, Granny Smith apple fruit and textural crunch. 

Drinking: Ready to drink now or cellar for to 2030.

Alcohol: 13% alc/vol

GF / Sugar: Dry

RRP: $29

Release: 31st Oct 2016

 

Reviews                                

95 points - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion

92 points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

90 points - Huon Hooke

 

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SOLD OUT - 2015 PINOT NOIR - ARRANMORE VINEYARD

The Vineyard                                  

Arranmore Vineyard is owned and farmed by Candice and Frewin. Purchased in March this year (2016), the vineyard has been converted to organic farming practices.

Site location: Piccadilly Valley – Adelaide Hills

Map coordinates: -34.969100, 138.760644

Clones: 114 and 115

Planted: 1998

Elevation: 545 meters

Aspect: East facing

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

Harvest: 25th March 2015

Tonnes: 2.18T

 

The Winemaking                                  

Hand-picked, gentle destem to retain whole berries with 20% whole bunches, five-day cold soak prior to fermentation in stainless steel.

Gentle hand plunge twice daily, allowing ferment temperature to peak at 30°C, 14 days on skins.

Matured for 10 months in 100% French oak barrels, 15% new oak, lees stirred in barrel for 2 months.

Unfined, unfiltered and vegan.

Bottled 15th February 2016 – 166 dozen.

 

The Wine                                

Our estate-grown Arranmore Pinot Noir, dark and shy to begin, always needs coaxing from the glass. But given time to open, it rewards... liquorice, charred oak, blackberry and mulberry. Sweet and alluring, webbed with fine grainy tannins and a creamy mouthfeel, lingering dark cherries and star anise spice. Dark forest flavours in abundance.

Drinking: Ready to drink upon release. Cellar to 2023, perhaps beyond.

Alcohol 13.5% alc/vol

 

Reviews                            

94 points - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion

92 points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

92 points - Jane Faulkner, Wine Companion Magazine

 

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SOLD OUT 2015 PINOT NOIR - BUDENBERG VINEYARD

The Vineyard                                  

Budenberg Vineyard is managed and farmed by Mark Whisson and owned by Ian and 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.

Soil: Clay loam and shale with a mix of large pieces ironstone, blue stone and some quartz. An incredibly steep and rocky site.

Harvest: 31st March 2015

Tonnes: 1.86T

 

The Winemaking                               

Hand-picked, gentle destem to retain whole berries with 20% whole bunches, five-day cold soak prior to fermentation in stainless steel.

Gentle hand plunge twice daily, allowing ferment temperature to peak at 30°C, 14 days on skins.

Matured for 10 months in 100% French oak barrels, 15% new oak, lees stirred in barrel for 2 months.

Unfined, unfiltered and vegan.

Bottled 2nd February 2015 – 138 dozen

 

The Wine                               

Budenberg Pinot Noir, with its exceptionally low yield and tight fist-like bunches, is our most structural Pinot Noir with a core of tight tannins. But also delicate and perfumed, lifted with fresh smashed raspberries on wet slate, a bouquet of lavender, roses and dried bay leaves. Wet earth and iron stone minerality ever present.

Drinking: Ready for drinking now. Cellar to 2025, perhaps beyond.

Alcohol: 13.5% alc/vol

 

Reviews

95 points - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion

93 points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

 

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SOLD OUT 2015 PINOT NOIR - CHAPEL VALLEY VINEYARD

The Vineyard                                  

Chapel Valley Vineyard is owned and farmed by Sam Virgara.

Site location: Piccadilly Valley – Adelaide Hills

Map coordinates: -34.974428,138.737142

Pinot Noir Clones: 114 & 115

Planted: 2000

Elevation: 490 meters

Aspect: South facing

Rows:  10 to 14

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

Harvest: 26th March 2015

Tonnes: 2.51T

 

The Winemaking                               

Hand-picked, gently destemmed to retain whole berries with 20% whole bunches, five-day cold soaked prior to fermentation in stainless steel.

Gently hand plunged twice daily, allowing ferment temperature to peak at 30°C, 14 days on skins.

Matured for 10 months in 100% French oak barrels, 15% new oak, lees stirred in barrel for two months.

Unfined, unfiltered, vegan.

Bottled 15th February 2016 – 168 dozen

 

The Wine                                 

Leeks grew on this gravelly south-facing slope until Sam Virgara decided to plant what is now one of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in the Piccadilly Valley.

The coolness of this south facing site always produces our most textural Pinot Noir, and often the lightest in colour. Orange-peel and spearmint showing again this year, a unique Chapel Valley character we see every year, as well as the abundant fresh blueberries and strawberry. Bright and lively, elegant as always, with a silky textural mouthfeel.

Drinking: Ready to drink now. Cellar to 2025, perhaps beyond.

Alcohol: 13.5% alc/vol

 

Reviews                                 

94 points - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion

92 points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

 

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