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WINEMAKING

The business was established in 1988 by winemaker Tim Mortimer, and soon commenced a somewhat experimental approach to red winemaking, not normally possible when working under contract.

The first grapes were harvested between 1990 and 1996, from McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, and Langhorne Creek.  Varieties used were Shiraz, Cabernet sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet franc and Pinot noir.  Six different red wines were produced from this period, numbered sequentially as Wine #1 to Wine #6.

 

Line-up of six bottles, Wine #1 to Wine #6

 

A few of these wines were matured in an underground cellar at Riverton in the mid-north region of South Australia for over a decade. These wines are now released in a "maintained" form, although "originals" are still available on request.

Wine #7 was a substantial 1996 vintage wine from South Australia, pushing the limits with seven years in new hogsheads from France. This wine continues the maturation process in bottle.

Wine #8 is a single vineyard Shiraz-Cabernet sauvignon, 2002 vintage from Pemberton, Western Australia. Unusually the cabernet from this vineyard was in the habit of ripening earlier than the shiraz, so was left out to develop maximum flavour whilst the shiraz continued to optimal ripeness. Normally in this region rain would not allow grapes to be left on the vine for such a prolonged period.

The result is a flavoursome wine, ripe jammy fruit, medium to full bodied, smooth savoury barrel characters, firm tannic finish. Bone dry of sugar it makes a versatile food wine.

Wine #9 is the most recent bottling from 2009. A 2003 harvest from Pemberton shiraz grapes was left in barrel for about seven years. More recent vintages of Barossa Valley Shiraz, Cabernet sauvignon and Grenache were blended in.

The complex and textural attributes of the powerfully oaked older material is balanced with the freshness and fruitiness of the younger. The more youthful material helps to lift out and enhance the best attributes of the matured.

 

WINE #8                                                       WINE #9  

 

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FURTHER DETAIL OF WINES #1 TO #6

 

 

 

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WINE #1

Bottled:
Alcohol:
Predominant Grape Variety:
Predominant Region:

1992
14% v/v
Shiraz
McLaren Vale, South Australia

 

 

 

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WINE #2

Bottled:
Alcohol:
Predominant Grape Variety:
Predominant Region:

1992
14% v/v
Cabernet sauvignon
McLaren Vale / Adelaide Hills, South Australia

 

 

 

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WINE #3

Bottled:
Alcohol:
Predominant Grape Variety:
Predominant Region:

1993
14% v/v
Shiraz / Pinot noir
McLaren Vale / Adelaide Hills, South Australia

 

 

 

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WINE #4

Bottled:
Alcohol:
Predominant Grape Variety:
Predominant Region:

1993
14% v/v
Pinot noir / Shiraz
McLaren Vale / Adelaide Hills, South Australia

     
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WINE #5

Bottled:
Alcohol:
Predominant Grape Variety:
Predominant Region:

1996
14.5% v/v
Cabernet Franc
Adelaide Hills, South Australia

     
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WINE #6

Bottled:
Alcohol:
Predominant Grape Variety:
Predominant Region:

1996
13.5% v/v
Various
South Australia

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