To their disappointment, the authorities did not approve the piggery and they were left with a 30 acre vineyard! Frank and Judy moved to the city in 1979, selling their home and some of the land but leaving the vineyard, stone cottage and sheds intact on some 60 acres. For the next 18 years, the under managed and neglected vineyard produced minimum tonnage still delivering some of the best grapes in the region to wineries Wirra Wirra and later to Rosemount.
In 1997, Sam Harrison and Rose Kentish leased and subsequently purchased the vineyard. Since then, Sam and Rose have improved the infrastructure to support their aim of producing exceptional quality wine. In 1998, they planted a further 14 acres of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon on the north facing hills. In 2002, they purchased 25 acres from their neighbour and have planted it to 1/3 Merlot and 2/3 Shiraz.
In October 2006, Sam and Rose made the huge decision to sell the vineyard and move to the sea. They bought an old flour mill in Middleton, about 30 minutes south of McLaren Vale where Sam now returns to painting and Rose continues to produce wine from the vineyard.
This wine has a juicy palate with dark cherry, plum, mixed berries, and some spice/earthiness; with red berries, dark cherry, and slight herbal notes on nose, and beautifully balanced chewy and savoury tannins.
The Source: 69% Grenache, 27% Shiraz, 9% Mourvedre and 1% Tempranillo grapes grown in the McLaren Vale wine region.
The Process: With a combination of hand & machine harvesting, depending on the viticulture practices of each of the growers; this wine is then matured in French barriques and stainless for 12 months prior to blending and bottling.
The Technicalities: Alcohol: 14.5% | pH: 3.4 | Acidity: 5.99g/L