SOLD OUT - 2014 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

Clones: 114 & 115

Planted: 2000

Elevation: 490 meters

Soil: Dark loam and clay at the top of the slope, going to grey sandy loam towards bottom of the rows, gravel mix, clay subsoil.

Aspect: South facing

Harvest: 3rd April 2014

Tonnes: 1.57T

 

The Winemaking                               

Hand-picked and destemmed to an open-top fermenter with 20% whole bunches, followed by a 5 day cold soak prior to fermentation.

Gently hand plunged twice daily, with the ferment temperature peaking at 30°C.

Pressed directly to oak for 10 months maturation, 100% French, 20% new oak, lees stirred in oak for 2 months.

Unfined, unfiltered and vegan.

Bottled 2nd February 2015 – 1,134 bottles, 94 doz.

 

The Wine                                 

Leeks grew on this gravelly south facing slope until Sam Virgara decided to plant one of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in the Piccadilly Valley. Lifted cherry, spearmint and citrus, with hints of lavender and forest. The palate wind swept with sandy tannin.

Drinking... Ready to drink upon release or cellar to 2026.

Alcohol 13.5% alc/vol

 

Reviews                                 

94 points - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion

93 points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

 

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SOLD OUT - 2014 PINOT NOIR - ARRANMORE VINEYARD

The Vineyard                                  

Arranmore Vineyard is owned and farmed by Candice and Frewin. Purchased in March this year (2016), we are so excited to own this world class vineyard.

Site location: Piccadilly Valley – Adelaide Hills

Map coordinates: -34.969100, 138.760644

Clones: 114 and 115

Planted: 1998

Elevation: 545 meters

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

Aspect: East facing

Harvest: 3rd April 2014

Tonnes: 1.86T

                   

The Winemaking                                  

Hand-picked & destemmed to an open-top fermenter with 20% whole bunches, followed by a 5 day cold soak prior to fermentation.

Gently hand plunged twice daily, with the ferment temperature peaking at 30°C.

Pressed direct to oak for 10 months maturation, 100% French, 20% new oak, lees stirred in oak for 2 months.

Unfined, unfiltered and vegan.

Bottled 2nd February 2015 – 1,686 bottles, 140 doz.

 

The Wine                                

Home sweet home… our home since 2014. Sweet inviting flavours of pomegranate and mulberry wrapped together with bay leaf, liquorice spice and bramble. Voluptuous and intense with a jelly crystal finish.

Drinking... Ready to drink upon release or cellar to 2026.

Alcohol 13.5% alc/vol

 

Reviews                               

93 points - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion

93 points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

92 points - Jane Faulkner, Wine Companion magazine

 

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SOLD OUT - 2014 PINOT NOIR - BUDENBERG VINEYARD

The Vineyard                                  

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

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

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

Aspect: East facing

Rows:  19, 37-44, 66-69, 74-76.

Harvest: 4th April 2014

Tonnes: 1.12T

 

The Winemaking                               

Hand-picked and destemmed to an open-top fermenter with 20% whole bunches, followed by a 5 day cold soak prior to fermentation.

Gently hand plunged twice daily, with the ferment temperature peaking at 30°C.

Pressed directly to oak for 10 months maturation, 100% French, 30% new oak, lees stirred in oak for 2 months.

Unfined, unfiltered and vegan.

Bottled 2nd February 2015 – 1,110 bottles, 92 doz

 

The Wine                               

If you could squeeze wine from a stone this is how it would taste. The weighty ironstone yields a slaty mineral palate, with burst of raspberry, rhubarb and blood plum. From the clay soils, warm flavours of cinnamon and blackberries. Close your eyes and sense the forest surrounds.

Drinking... Ready for drinking upon release or cellar to 2025.

Alcohol 13.5% alc/vol

 

Reviews                               

94 points - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion

94 points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

 

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SOLD OUT - 2014 SHIRAZ - LITTLE HILL VINEYARD

The Vineyard                      

Little Hill Vineyard is owned and farmed by John and Al Shobbrook.

Site location: Seppeltsfield – Barossa Valley

Map coordinates: -34.501853,138.915622

Clone: 1654

Planted: 1998

Elevation: 241 meters

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

Aspect: West facing

Rows:  30-35

Harvest: 21st February 2014

Tonnes: 2.04T

 

The Winemaking                       

Hand-picked and destemmed to an open-top tank for fermentation and gently hand plunged two to three times daily.

Pressed directly to oak with 3 weeks barrel fermentation followed by 10 months maturation - 60% French, 40% American, with 20% new oak.

Unfined, unfiltered and vegan.

Bottled 2nd February 2015 – 1,848 bottles, 154 doz. 

 

The Wine                      

The warmest site with rich dense soils reflected in this wine. Complex but refined, with dark chocolate and savoury spice.  Sip and uncover the layers of dark fruits with dried figs and prunes, it lingers with star anise spice and walnut tannins.

Drinking...Ready to drink upon release or cellar to 2029.

Alcohol 14% alc/vol

 

Reviews                      

94 points - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion

93 points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

92 points - Huon Hook

 

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SOLD OUT - 2014 SHIRAZ - CEMETERY VINEYARD

The Vineyard                              

Cemetery Vineyard is owned and farmed by Andy Kalleske and his parents.

Site location: Ebenezer – Barossa Valley

Map coordinates: -34.400246,139.001391

Clone: 1654

Planted: 1998

Elevation: 280 meters

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

Aspect: North West facing

Rows: 25 to 28

Harvest: 7th March 2014

Tonnes: 2.15T

 

The Winemaking                              

Destemmed to an open-top tank for fermentation and gently hand plunged two to three times daily.

Pressed directly to oak with 3 weeks barrel fermentation followed by 10 months maturation - 60% French, 40% American, with 20% new oak.

Unfined, unfiltered and vegan.

Bottled 2nd February 2015 – 1,794 bottles, 149 doz

 

The Wine                            

Polished, precise and all things nice. Typically Ebenezer, dense, dark and packed full of flavour, with cardamom spice and sweet fruit. The wine from the ancient gnarly rocks and vibrant orange clays yields blackcurrant and cranberry fruit with notes of leather and blackberry jam. It finishes with power and earth.

Drinking...Ready to drink upon release or cellar to 2034.

Alcohol 14% alc/vol

 

Reviews                            

95 points - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion

95 points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

95 points - Jane Faulkner, Wine Companion magazine

 

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SOLD OUT 2014 SHIRAZ - FECHNER VINEYARD

The Vineyard                                  

Fechner Vineyard is owned and farmed by brothers Michael and Graeme Fechner near Moculta in the northern end of the Eden Valley.

The Fechner Vineyard is unique, being one of only a few eastern-facing vineyards in the Eden Valley region. The eastern slope offers cooler daytime temperatures together with higher altitude and cool valley winds, which produces optimum growing conditions for Shiraz.

Site location: Moculta – Eden Valley

Map coordinates: -34.475005,139.071367

Clone:  1654

Planted: 1999

Elevation: 345m

Aspect: East facing

Harvest: 21st March 2014

Tonnes:  1.78T

Soil:  Broken Grey schist integrated with shallow limestone and red clay, very complex ancient soil.

 

The Vineyard                              

Hand-picked and destemmed to an open-top tank for fermentation and gently hand plunged two to three times daily.

Pressed directly to oak with 3 weeks barrel fermentation followed by 10 months maturation – 60% French, 40% American, with 20% new oak.

Unfined, unfiltered, vegan.

Bottled:  2nd February 2015

Production:  1,466 bottles – 120 dozen

 

The Wine                                  

Somewhat shy at first, our Eden Valley Shiraz playfully opens with cardamom, tea leaves and dense dark berries. The mouth has a burst of sweet velvety fruit, charred with dark chocolate-coated oranges and layered with earthy tannins, just like the site. Every glass offers more to an unfolding journey, elegantly rich and alluring.

Drinking: Enjoy now or cellar to 2044.

Alcohol: 13.5% alc/vol

 

Reviews                                 

97 points - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion.

95 points - Jane Faulkner, for Wine Companion

95 points - Huon Hooke

94 points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

 

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SOLD OUT - 2014 GRÜNER VELTLINER - K1 VINEYARD

 
 

Our second vintage release, the 2014 Grüner Veltliner has everything we love about 2013, with extra intensity and concentration.

 

The Vineyard                                                                

K1 Vineyard is owned and farmed by Geoff Hardy.

Site location: Kuitpo - Adelaide Hills

Map coordinates: -35.226406,138.668736

Planted: 2009

Elevation: 300 to 320m

Soil: Bright clay with gravel, quartz, ironstone and sandstone.

Aspect: West facing

Harvest: 5th March 2014

Tonnes:  2.44T

 

The Winemaking

100% Adelaide Hills Grüner Veltliner.

Hand-picked and gently whole bunch pressed.

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

Crafted with minimal additives and fining, all CRFT wines are vegan.

Bottled 16th June 2014 – 1,928 bottles

 

The Wine

This Austrian native is proving to be the superstar white variety of the Adelaide Hills, and without doubt, has found its second home.

Distinctively varietal, white pear with lifted hints of dill, celery and rocket. Packed with warm spice, pepper and pretty floral notes.The palate is lively with luscious mouthfeel and tangy acidity.

Food... Grüner Veltliner is one of the most food friendly white wines you will ever meet. Pair it with Seafood, Asian dishes, cheese, cold meat, salads, and even desert - the list goes on...

Drinking... Enjoy now or cellar to 2024.

Alcohol: 12.5% alc/vol

pH: 3.16

TA: 6.70 g/L

RS: 1.3 g/L (dry)

 

Reviews / Awards

91 points - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front

Adelaide Hills Wine Show - Gold medal

 

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