One of the most captivating things in winemaking is the constant struggle between Art and Science -- crafting a pinpoint-precise, squeaky-clean wine -- or embracing your inner creative, and searching for more ethereal experiences. We've had a desire to create a wine like this for some time. In representation of a winemaking style that has existed for many millennia out of countries like Georgia, and influenced the styles of winemaking seen in Friuli, Sicily and Pantelleria. It's not exactly white wine, nor red -- many call it Orange or Amber wine... but we like to call it Esoterico. It's a purposeful blend of three white wine varieties, left on their skins (much like red wine) to develop rich aromatics and a lean, driven palate. Being very aware of how drying these wines could be, we specifically sought four varieties -- Muscat d'Alessandria (for its sweeter aromatics and waxy/oily mouthfeel), Bianco d’Alessano (for its acidity) and Riesling (for its astringency). In varying amounts, we seek to achieve a synergistic orchestra between components. We make no additions of any kind -- save for sulphur when we bottle the wine. There is no fining or filtration involved, with the wine allowed to clarify by gravity alone -- resulting in a slight haze and sediment. This was one of the most enjoyable wines to craft, as there was no preconceived idea of what it must taste like -- the chief driver was drinkability. We searched for a wine that gave you the thirst -- a 'scrumptious' quality -- mouthwatering acidity and 'say hello!' tannins. It's a Bohemian at heart. Brendon Carter, Winemaker.
ADELAIDE HILLSLocated to the east of Adelaide,the Adelaide Hills is part of the Mount Lofty Ranges. Considered a cool-climate region, most vineyards are situated at elevations between 450 to 550 metres. Rainfall is relatively high and spring frosts often pose problems. Hot northerly winds also make bush fires a real threat in the region. Adelaide Hills is a jigsaw of meso-climates, with the best vineyards centred around Piccadilly Valley and Lenswood in protected sites facing north or north-east. Soils are derived from schistic and sedimentary rock; typically well-drained sandy loams over red clay interspersed with schistic gravels. A premium wine-growing region, Adelaide Hills is best known for crisp, lively Sauvignon Blanc and elegant cool climates styles of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz.