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 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 - 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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SOLD OUT - 2015 GEWÜRZTRAMINER - K1 VINEYARD

The Vineyard                                                                

K1 Vineyard is owned and farmed by Geoff Hardy in Kuitpo towards the South West end of the Adelaide Hills wine region.

Site location: Kuitpo - Adelaide Hills

Map coordinates: -35.227707,138.671739

Planted: 2008

Elevation: 300 to 320m

Slope: West facing

Harvest: 13th February 2015

Tonnes:  1.4T

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

 

The Winemaking

100% Adelaide Hills Gewürztraminer

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

Crafted with minimal additives, all CRFT wines are vegan.

Bottled:  25th June 2015

Production:  1146 bottles – 95 doz

 

The Wine

Harvested early to preserve the best of this variety.  Perfumed and pungent, reminiscent of the Alsatian style. Invokes a feeling of summertime, fresh and bright, bursting with delicate rose petal, fresh lychee and musk. The palate is bone dry with lively acidity leading to a passionfruit twist.

Dinking... Drink now while young and fresh, or up to 2022.

Alcohol:  12.0% alc/vol

pH:  3.09

TA:  7.30 g/L

GF:  0.03g/L (dry)

 

Reviews

94 points - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion

90+ points - Jane Faulkner, Wine Companion magazine

90+ points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

 

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SOLD OUT - 2015 GRÜNER VELTLINER - K1 VINEYARD

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

Aspect: West facing

Harvest: 3rd March 2015

Tonnes:  1.92T

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

 

The Winemaking

100% Adelaide Hills Grüner Veltliner.

Gently whole bunch pressed and fermented cool & slow in stainless steel to preserve the purity of the vineyard, followed by time on lees for mouthfeel.

Crafted with minimal additives, all CRFT wines are vegan.

Bottled 25th June 2015

Production:  1,548 bottles – 129 dozen

 

The Wine

Lifted and fragrant with white pear and quince blossom. The nose hinting at warm spice with fresh ginger and a pop of star anise, while the slatey minerality mirrors the cool slopes of Kuitpo. The palate is textural and giving, showing crunchy acidity with a lingering white nectarine and stone fruit finish.

Drinking... Enjoy now or cellar to 2025.

Alcohol: 12.5% alc/vol

pH: 3.08

TA: 6.50 g/L

GF: 0.09 g/L (dry)

 

Reviews

94 points - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion

92 points - Jane Faulkner, Wine Companion magazine

 

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SOLD OUT - 2015 GRÜNER VELTLINER - LONGVIEW VINEYARD

The Vineyard                                                                

The Longview Vineyard is owned and run by the Saturno family with Vineyard Manager Dino Cotsaris.

Site location: Macclesfield – Adelaide Hills wine region

Map coordinates: -35.192007, 138.821639

Elevation: 300 to 320m

Slope: South facing

Harvest: 13th February 2015

Tonnes:  2.12T

 

The Winemaking

100% Adelaide Hills Grüner Veltliner.

Gently whole bunch pressed and fermented cool & slow in stainless steel to preserve the purity of the vineyard, followed by time on lees for mouthfeel.

Crafted with minimal additives, all CRFT wines are vegan.

Bottled:  25th June 2015

Production:  1,746 bottles – 145 dozen

 

The Wine

Wonderfully expressive nose with freshly sliced granny smith apple, honeydew melon and fennel seed notes. Awesomely fresh with celery, cucumber and a squeeze of lime. The palate medium bodied with luscious layers and a cheek-filling textural edge.

Drinking... Enjoy upon release or cellar to 2025.

Alcohol: 12.5% alc/vol

pH:  3.16

TA:  6.50 g/L

GF:  0.13g/L (dry)

 

Reviews

91 points - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion

 

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SOLD OUT - 2014 Gewürztraminer - K1 Vineyard

 
 

The Vineyard                                                                

K1 Vineyard is owned and farmed by Geoff Hardy in Kuitpo towards the South West end of the Adelaide Hills wine region.

Site location: Kuitpo - Adelaide Hills

Map coordinates: -35.227707,138.671739

Planted: 2008

Elevation: 300 to 320m

Slope: West facing

Harvest: 5th March 2014

Tonnes:  2.37T

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

 

The Winemaking

100% Adelaide Hills Gewürztraminer

Gently pressed and 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 – 2026 bottles 

 

The Wine

From the cool slopes of Kuitpo, delicate, bone dry and textural – just how Gewürz should be. Lychee fruit, lemon zest, and Turkish delight, wrapped around hints of fresh ginger and lavender. Pair with food for a whole new dimension and watch the spice pop.

Food... A perfect match for spicy dishes, seafood or cheese.

Dinking... Drink now while young and fresh, or up to 2021.

Alcohol 12.0% alc/vol

RS 1.3 g/L (dry) 

 

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