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HALIFAX WINES

 

We made our first wine in 2002.

We work with very low yields, 30 – 35 hectolitres / hectare (4.5 – 5 tonnes / hectare), use small open fermenters, crush (with varying degrees of whole bunches) and plunge and basket press by hand.

Our role is to encourage, not direct our wine through fermentation and maturation.

Above all, we look for purity, finesse, and elegance.

By using older, neutral barrels we believe we can achieve this more readily. Not being encumbered by new oak our wines seem to be far more expressive and while they have much of the generosity of McLaren Vale, they are balanced by an elegance and subtlety.

They also seem to be better suited to a wider range of food and have a greater capacity to develop in the bottle.

We neither fine nor filter our wines.

Our 2017 release comprises 3 wines.




 




 

 

 

 

 



 

Ad Lib 2016 Grenache Mourvèdre

Ad Lib is Latin meaning to make up as you go along….

With each vintage of Ad Lib we have varied the blend, depending upon what the seasons and the vineyards have given us. In 2016, almost equal percentages of bush-vine Grenache from Branson Road West and Mourvèdre from the windswept, shallow, shaley soils of Sellicks Hill have given us an aromatic, medium bodied and simply delicious wine.

Varieties:  Grenache, Mourvèdre (all hand-picked)

Vineyards  Branson Road West, McLaren Vale, & Watilla Vineyard, Sellick’s Hill

Winemaking:  small open fermenters, hand-plunged, basket-pressed, neither fined nor filtered

Maturation:  7 months in older, neutral French oak barrels

Colour:  medium red, with brilliant crimson highlights

Aromas:  dark rose, sweet earth, red cherry and licorice

Palate:  medium bodied, lovely soft tannins, a meld of earthy and red fruit flavours and a lingering dry finish

Drinking window:  delicious now and over the next 3 – 5 years

Food match:  equally at home with white or red meat, fish – particularly salmon or tuna, and the perfect go to with pizza or barbequed “anything”!

 

The Great Pretender 2015 Single Halifax Vineyard Shiraz

Block 3, and in particular 14 rows immediately behind the winery, (known at HALiFAX as “derrière la grange”, French for “behind the barn”) has for a number of years produced some very distinctive and most attractive, spicy, generous wines, all of which have contributed to Ad Lib.

Varieties:  Shiraz (hand-picked)

Vineyards:  Block 3 (“derrière la grange”)  Halifax Vineyard

Winemaking:  ½ tonne open fermenters, hand-plunged, basket-pressed, neither fined nor filtered

Maturation:  10 months in neutral French oak barriques

Colour:  deep crimson red with purple/violet hues & highlights

Aromas:  old rose - perfumed & spicy, plum, licorice, earth & baked ironstone

Palate:  medium - full bodied, rich and mouthfilling, yet restrained and elegant, all balanced and framed by lovely soft tannins and a long, persistent finish

Drinking window:  drinking beautifully now and we expect it to do so over the next 3 – 5 years as it gains complexity and becomes even more appealing!

Food match:  wonderful with hearty tomato based pasta dishes, barbequed meats, and a treat with pizza

 

Per Se Block 2013 Single Block Halifax Vineyard Shiraz

The Per Se Block consists of just 380 vines (barely 0.25 of a hectare) and produces the vineyard's most outstanding grapes and makes our most thrilling wine. Per Se is a pure, elegant and perfumed style enhanced by maturation in older French oak barrels. While rich, plush and spicy, it is balanced by a restraint which suggests it will cellar for many years.

Per Se is Latin meaning by itself, on its own, intrinsically.

Varieties:  Shiraz (hand-picked)

Vineyards:  Halifax Vineyard, Per Se Block

Winemaking:  ½ tonne open fermenters, hand-plunged, basket-pressed, neither fined nor filtered

Maturation:  14 months in neutral French oak barriques

Colour:  deep, brilliant crimson red

Aromas:  perfumed, deep red & blue berry notes, plum & licorice melded with earthy/stony scents

Palate:  medium - full bodied, rich and plush, yet restrained and elegant, all balanced and framed by suede like tannins and a long, persistent finish

Drinking window:  drinking beautifully now and we expect it to do so over the next 5 – 7 years as it gains complexity

Food match:  we love it with French classics such as Beef Bourguignon or Coq au Vin, but its inherent elegance makes it well suited to flavoursome fish dishes and spicy pasta

 

Patres Nostri 2008 Vintage Tawny

Padres Nostri, is Latin for our fathers…

Lizzie’s dad Geoff and Peter’s dad Ken both fought in World War 11. Like tens of thousands of young Australian men, they lost their early adult years fighting for their country, so we could live in a free society.

And they drank port…

So when we had the opportunity to make our own V.T.P.(vintage tawny port) during the very hot vintage of 2008, we jumped at the chance and put it away so we can toast them now…

to our fathers…

Varieties:  Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache (hand-picked)

Vineyards:  Halifax Vineyard (Per Se Block), Chanticleer Vineyard (Willunga),
Brunato’s Vineyard (McLaren Flat)

Winemaking:  small open fermenters, hand-plunged & pumping over – fortified at 4ºBe with neutral grape spirit, basket-pressed, neither fined nor filtered

Maturation:  7 years in older, neutral French oak barrels

Colour:  tawny, dusty brick red

Aromas:  wonderfully seductive and appealing aromas of raisins, caramel and nuts

Palate:  luscious with flavours reminiscent of  spicy dried fruits and butterscotch, but balanced by lovely barrel maturation characteristics, and a long, lingering finish

Drinking window:  drink it now…then open another!

Food match:  delicious as an aperitif with salty tapas (65 million Spaniards couldn’t be wrong!), or equally at the end of a meal with the more pungent and richer cheeses – then again…pour a glass any time, take a sip, and ponder just how lucky we are…