Stuart's admiration of the Rhône style interpretation grew further during his experience of vintage at Yarra Yering, in the Yarra Valley, Australia, where he was further immersed into a traditions of European winemaking where the touch of a winemaker was light, enabling the wine to take its course from the very nature of which it was borne.
Stuart has been living and working in the Yarra Valley since 2012, most notably, he worked as Winemaker with Mac Forbes Wines, learning how farming cooler vineyard sites can produce elegant wines with depth and character. Stuart focuses his attention on the Yarra Valley, yet he sources fruit far and wide in Victoria to ensure the best growing conditions for the specific varieties. He believes that the Yarra Valley has a great potential for the Rhône Valley varieties.
"Heathcote fruit. A lighter expression of Grenache crafted across a few different fermentations, including one with whole-bunches. With that there is an obvious carbonic element to the wine: think floral jubey red fruit scents. A swathe of tamarind, rosewater and kirsch meld with a gentle skirt of herb-crusted tannins and a lilt of clove. A spicy, energetic finish. This is best drunk on the cooler side with an irreverent frame of mind." - 92 points Ned Goodwin MW