Since the start of my winemaking journey I have met like-minded people, who have enjoyed a range of differing styles and drinking pleasures. While I could have developed any number of projects, with many great ideas being presented to me. I have only the three small production wines on offer. Two are from the collaboration with wine writer Nick Stock and the third is RBJ, with partners Russell Johnstone and Helen Martin.
Before Grenache based blends were popular in Australia, I enjoyed the wines from the Southern Rhone and created the RBJ project with Russell Johnstone and Rolf Binder. Our first vintage was 1991 and continued until 2002, when the project went into hiatus. RBJ has always been a blend of old vine Grenache and Mataro ( Mourvedre ). We got the band back together in 2012, and produced the wine with help from Adrian Hoffmann, who now manages the same vineyards RBJ was sourced from in the late nineties.
Carignan (also known as Mazuelo, Bovale Grande, Cariñena, Samsó, and Carignane) is a red Spanish/French winegrape variety that is widely planted throughout the western Mediterranean and around the globe. Ampelographers believe that the grape likely originated in Cariñena, Aragon and was later transplanted to Sardinia, elsewhere in Italy, France, Algeria, and much of the New World. The variety was historically a component of Rioja’s red wine blend.
From a vineyard planted in the late sixties, the 2008 vintage gave the opportunity to fully ripen one of Australia’s oldest Carignan holdings. Many believe Carignan does not start producing world class wine until it is 40 years old.
At 8 years old this wine shows youth and exuberance.