This is the legend of my Great, Great Grandfather Walter, an 1840’s Australian settler. Walter was asked to tend a cow while his neighbour was away for several months. During this time, the cow mysteriously died. The neighbour returned making accusations of theft. Walter refused to admit any fault, as he knew it was not his. The Catholic Church excommunicated him and as a result was buried near the Melrose Catholic cemetery, on the other side of their fence. I have created this wine to honour the legend of my Great, Great grandfather and that damned cow.
Greenock, a beautiful subregion of the Barossa Valley with red soils, with ironstone through the top layers and limestone beneath. I have 25 year old Shiraz on my vineyard and over the fence, the neighbor has a manicured bush vine vineyard ( like only the Barossan’s can do)containing Mataro and Grenache. At vintage time, we decided that it would be a good match so see if you agree. Bang On!
Vinified separately and combined pre maturation. This is a fun wine, not too intense and nicely weighed with ripe fruit against some spicy oak.