Current Vintage: 2019
Clairette is a fascinating Mediterranean variety that naturally holds its acidity, bringing freshness and depth to the white blends of the Rh«ne Valley. The fruit for this 2019 was sourced from a single, elevated site in Rowland Flat on the eastern side of the Barossa Valley, from vines that were grafted over to Clairette some ten years ago. The grapes were hand-harvested, chilled overnight and crushed, before maceration for four hours.
The settled juice ferments wild, predominantly in stainless steel with a small proportion of old French oak. The resulting wine is STUNNING! Pulpy, seductively textured, yet perfectly pitched freshness and gentle grip. Super complex as well. This is superb and ridiculous value. Who says the Barossa can't produce great whites?
Home to some of the oldest grapevines on planet Earth, the Barossa Valley is perhaps Australia’s most renowned wine region. In 1842, German settlers planted vines and the rest is history!
On the red wine front, it’s all about the big reds like Cabernet and Shiraz here - with full bodied Barossa Shiraz being sought out around the world. It is rich, muscular, and super sexy - Aussie 'ocker with distinctive finesse.
But the Barossa isn’t a one trick pony. In a salute to the region’s rich German heritage, the Eden Valley (which falls within the broader region) produces some of Australia’s finest rieslings - crisp, fresh, but still balanced.