Small batch artisan wines; site selected; hand harvested with ripeness and acidity to provide for lightness, refreshment and energy; treated gently and minimally in the cellar, generally without additions other than possibly small amounts of sulphur sulfur dioxide
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2016 Pétillant Naturel Riesling
Eden Valley 11% alc/v $30 per bottle (Sold Out)
(469 750mL bottles, 42 1500mL magnums produced)
Ancestrale Method sparkling wine, hand picked, 18 hours skin contact, natural fermentation in stainless steel tank, bottled 14 days after picking, fermentation finished in bottle, hand disgorged. Unfined, unfiltered, and no sulfur dioxide (preservative) has been added.
The wine smells of fresh and baked apples, lemons and bready brioche with an earthy savoury element, good persistent bubble, tight acids and some gentle grip.
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2016 Pétillant Naturel Shiraz Rosé
Yarra Valley 11% alc/v $27.50 per bottle
(908 750mL bottles produced)
Ancestrale Method sparkling wine, hand picked, whole bunch pressed, natural fermentation in old hogsheads and puncheon, 3% addition of Cabernet Franc juice before being bottled 21 days after picking, fermentation continued in bottle, hand disgorged. Unfined, unfiltered, and no sulfur dioxide (preservative) has been added.
The wine smells of ripe strawberries, raspberries and cherries, there is a gentle bubble with more red berries and cream in the mouth and a hint of sweetness that is balanced by refreshing acids.
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2016 Pinot Gris
Yarra Valley 11% alc/v $25 per bottle
750mL (1461 750mL bottles & 90 1500mL magnums produced)
Dry white wine, hand picked, whole bunch pressed, naturally fermented in old barriques and stainless steel, 9 months on full lees, plus 7% of 2 week skin contact whole bunch ferment, pressed to old barrique. Racked, blended, bottled. Unfined, unfiltered, and no sulfur dioxide (preservative) has been added.
The wine displays subtle flavours of pear, white flowers and oyster shell with a distinct saline minerality and a gentle savoury grip.
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2016 Shiraz Pinot Gris
Yarra Valley 12% alc/v $27.50 per bottle
750mL (677 750mL bottles & 30 1500mL magnums produced)
Dry red wine, hand picked, whole bunch Shiraz naturally carbonically fermented in stainless steel tank, pressed after a week, racked to a 500L barrel, plus 15% of 2 week skin contact whole bunch Pinot Gris ferment, pressed to old barrique. Racked, blended, bottled. Unfined, unfiltered, and minimal sulfur dioxide (preservative) has been added.
The wine smells rich with ripe red fruits, sarsaparilla and a sappy stemminess, in the mouth it is light to medium bodied with dusty tannins, red fruits, earthiness and aniseed.
I remember somewhat vividly when I first articulated aloud my desire to make wine, though it was through a beery and lustful haze. It was to a girl on a beach when I was 23 years of age. It seemed to me then to be a romantic and desirable pursuit, and I hoped that she would think so too. She didn’t. I was undeterred, but being a suburban boy from Brisbane, a beer loving big pub town far from any enlightened wine making or drinking region, meant opportunities were few and far between. After more than a decade working casually in wine retail, with attempts at many other careers: from Rock singer to United Nations Development Programme Officer; Jazz club proprietor to Advocate for Homeless and Boarding House residents; the pull to pursue a life in wine could no longer be ignored.
So I enrolled in wine studies and moved to Melbourne to explore it’s numerous nearby wine regions. From there I undertook vintages in Mont Sant/Priorat, Spain; Hawkes Bay and Martinborough, New Zealand; St. Estèphe, Bordeaux, France; and finally ended up back in the Yarra Valley, Victoria.
Having mostly worked in larger scale wineries, it was a visit to the Loire Valley and specifically to Domaine La Grange Tiphaine in 2010 that provided inspiration for another way. Small scale, sensitive, refreshing, less about fruit more about soil, less about oak more about finesse, less industrial product more artisan expression of grape and place.
And so a path became clear, and after a couple of experiments, in 2014 I released a sparkling Pinot Noir Rosé in the style of La Grange Tiphaine’s Nouveau Nez, a pétillant naturel wine.
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