Best Australian Wine at the International Cool Climate Wine Show 2022
95 Points & GOLD Medal 2021 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
One of South Australia's rising stars, the buzz around the wines made by brothers Sam and Angus Wardlaw has been building rapidly since the project's inception in 2013 with a single tonne of grapes. This culminated recently with the award for 'Best Grenache of the Year' and a 99 point review in the 2021 Halliday guide. Home territory is Eden Valley's cool climate, organic, Pendee Farm. However, beyond the farm the brothers have access to remarkable plots of old vines in of some of the Barossa's most iconic sites. Everything is about the vines - the brothers love the old, gnarly, water starved plants rooted in place in these legendary vineyards, and even more so the characterful fruit they painstakingly provide each year. Stylistically the wines are distinctly 'Barossa' in their power but with an elegance and purity that can only be achieved by using the very best old vine Eden Valley fruit, handled without heavy handed extraction techniques or too much wine making.
"It was an exceptional year for our small parcel of Eden Valley Riesling, with ample natural acidity coming from the vineyard. Fermenting at cool temperatures with a small number of solids, allowed us to create this textural and delicate floral wine. After fermentation, the wine was racked, filtered, and bottled. The fruitier of our two Rieslings, our 2021 Grape Grower Riesling showcases lifted floral notes with intense lemon and lime aromatics. On the palate, green apple and pear are vibrant, accompanied by a tight mineral line. This textural Riesling is well balanced with crisp natural acidity, typical of the exceptional" - Winery notes