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TINY BATCH | MINIMAL INTERVENTION | NATURAL YEAST | UNFINED + UNFILTERED | HANDLABELLED + HANDWAXED | INDIVIDUALLY NUMBERED BOTTLES
Our love for Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling led us to create small batch trials that pushed our winemaking out of our comfort zone and move beyond our preconceived ideas of what these varieties could do.
The idea for our first Méthode wine was sparked when we wondered what a really young Cabernet Sauvignon would look like in the style of a Beaujolais Nouveau; our curiosity then led us to a Riesling fermented on skins, followed by a second Cabernet Sauvignon trial, Méthode Eucalypt, that embodies Australian terroir in the true sense of the word.
Méthode Cab Nouveau
LIGHT BODY - SOFT, APPROACHABLE, DIFFERENT.
An early release of Cabernet Sauvignon made to showcase the diversity of the variety. Minimal skin contact (2 days on skins) ensures softness and balance whilst maintaining varietal expression and a fresh cherry fruit flavour. A wine made to enjoy young; this is a soft, approachable twist on a classic variety. The grapes are from our Skinner Vineyard, planted in 1996 - Deep soil, dark loam over limestone. The larger berries from this vineyard are essential for this style thanks to the small skin to juice ratio, resulting in flavour without harsh tannins.
Bottles Made: 1700
MEDIUM BODY - EARTHY, TEXTURED AND CRISP.
A trial to take the traditional crisp, fresh style of Riesling and give it body and texture. The grapes were harvested and pressed, with 20% volume of whole berries added back to the juice. Fermented on skins, then transferred to old oak. The resultant wine is complex, textural with earthy backbones and a fine acid line. Aroma of lifted grapefruit citrus, a hint of melon and almond spice. Layers of citrus greet the palate, giving way to texture, depth and a subtle chalky tannin.
Bottles Made: 1066
MEDIUM BODY - RICH, EARTHY, WITH A HINT OF SPICE.
This trial was testing the hypothesis that vineyards amongst gum trees take on some aroma and flavour of Eucalyptus. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were harvested in close proximity to Red Gums within Marks Vineyard, adjacent to Home Block - 25 yo vines. Result: Blackberry fruits on the nose with a delicate minty/Eucalypt spice. Red berry fruits dominate the palate, which give way to an earthy spice and distinct Eucalypt note. It is a wine that expresses terroir in the true sense of the word. Foot stomped, hand plunged and basket pressed.
Bottles Made: 950