Semillon has had its roots deep in the Barossa soil for over 100 years for a reason; it's resilient, pure and tough.
Made properly, this wine should be soft, slippery and sensual, which this wine is! Utilising large old oak to round it off and some ageing to bring a touch of honey without losing clean acid, minerals and summer stone fruits.
2013 Krondorf Mataro
$70/Bottle $420/Case of Six
Out of the three traditional red varieties of the Barossa Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro, Mataro and Shiraz have always been my favourites. Shiraz for its bold richness and Mataro for its savoury spice and earthiness.
This single vineyard is nestled at the base of the Barossa ranges in the Krondorf sub-region. It's planted in rich, red, loamy clay. It is sun-struck during the day and is soothed by the cool air falling from the hills at night. The vineyard, even though it is young in Barossan terms, shows an intensity and complexity usually reserved for older vines. The property was the original home to the Henschke family before they headed up to the hills. It stayed in the hands of extended family for many years, but the house was rented out, the home garden and orchard were left to fend for themselves and the big block at the back was leased to the guy next door as cropping land. My father and Pam (Mum 2.0) were lucky to win the bid to buy it, mostly because the owner knew full well that they would restore it to its former glory.
The old bluestone house has been fully restored, the 1 hectare of garden is now flourishing and feeding their most loyal customers in their little dining room at the winery down the road. The big block at the back, after years of organically improving the soil, is now planted up with Mataro, Shiraz and Grenache.
Dad only selected the best vineyards to get cuttings for this vineyard, and my brother Tim, Dan Rowe (The Vine Yoda) and I, hand picked only the best cuttings which Dan and Tim, after a good bit of rain, stuck in the ground and tended until maturity. The fruit only goes to the family and is treated with the respect it deserves.
2013 Krondorf Mataro Shiraz
$37/Bottle $222/Case of Six
My ever growing veggie patch is a very important part of my life - it brings a calmness and balance which I feel is missing in this tech-orientated world where people are obsessed with instant gratification. Just as with winemaking, to be a good gardener you need patience, and through patience the end results are supremely more gratifying and logical. This fresh vibrant wine is my friend in the garden. It's clean earthiness and spicy savouriness is the perfect companion to the evening walk as I slowly watch my garden grow. It’s a bit like snow peas off the vine...You can’t stop at just one!
2015 Barossa Unwooded Mataro
2010 Barossa Semillon Viognier
Growing up with the sights, sounds and sweet aromas of vintage in my Father’s traditional winery every year, there was always one parcel of fruit which captivated me. It was a block of old Shiraz from the southern tip of Flaxman’s Valley. Even in the fermenter it always had a powerful blueberry prettiness that dominated the vintage shed, even to the point that on some mornings I could smell it from my bed.
So you could imagine my excitement when I came across a 70 plus year old vineyard just up the hill from this magnificent vineyard. My Flaxman’s vineyard is a small block of Shiraz perched on a rocky rose quartz outcrop open to all the wild elements the seasons have to offer.
I want to ensure I get the best of ripeness and finesse in this wine, so over-ripening is never an option. I leave the wine in a new French puncheon for three years to get maximum integration and concentration. The end result is a full rich wine with depth, clarity and sophistication.
This one barrel of wine is a unique window into one small point of this diverse and grand world we share.