Monday 5 – Sunday 18 March 2018
10 am – 5 pm daily (4 pm on weekends)
McLaren Vale Visitor Information Centre, Main Road

The Vale Market
Monday 12 March 2018
10 am – 3 pm
McLaren Vale Visitor Information Centre, Main Road

We’re bursting to get into our first pop-up cellar door of 2018 because we have so much to share with you! Since we’ve just melted our way through the last month of Summer, I’ll start with the chilled wines. We have our first ever Rosé, made from Adelaide Hills Sangiovese. The Rosé spent just 18 minutes on skins, which has imparted a bright ruby-red colour. It’s not a sweet wine and it’s not a light wine (not at 14% alcohol), it’s a wine made to show the different paths the Sangiovese grape can take, and how each one has a place at your table.

Still in the fridge we have our new 2017 ‘Argento’ Pinot Grigio which this year is also from the cooler Adelaide Hills climate, giving it greater viscosity and length, with a beautiful floral nose and soft passionfruit and melon flavours. And we have the 2017 ‘Honeypot’ Moscato fresh off the bottling line for you with perfect little refreshing bubbles, and balanced acidity for great complexity. Anthony’s just checking for you that it still mixes well with gin to create a Bombay Kitten cocktail. He’ll let you know tomorrow. Tomorrow afternoon.

We are also running out the last few dozen of our Covert Shiraz and Covert Cabernet Sauvignon to make way for the new 2014 releases, or you could take another peek at the ‘Puttanesca’ Sangiovese Merlot to see whether you prefer the variety as a red or a rosé.

In the middle of our pop-up weeks, the Vale Market is also popping in on the holiday Monday 12 March. All your favourite stallholders and food trucks will be there, plus free children’s entertainment and bouncy castle, and live music.

I’ll also be happy to update you on Vintage 2018, come in and ask me anything!

Cheers,
Vanessa De Lisio


Our first long weekend of 2018 is coming up, and as we’ve all made the trip back to work and are preparing for back to school, our summer holidays seem so long ago. That’s why you want to make the Australia Day long weekend really count, whether that’s at the beach, in front of the BBQ, following the cricket or beside the radio.

Australia Day at the winery is the unofficial beginning of vintage, when the grapes start to show their first signs of colour. However, 2018 saw veraison in the first week of January for most blocks, hinting at another early vintage, and showing that the late arrival of vintage in 2017 was an exception, rather than the new norm. Which means that the Australia Day weekend is one of our last chances to get out and see our family and friends, before we’re tucked away at the winery (or tucked up in bed after those late nights and early mornings).

Since being bottled just before Christmas, our Sangiovese Rose has been anything but tucked away. We’ve taken it wherever we go, matching it to seafood and pork, a birthday celebration at the pub, a delicious Webber-cooked chicken and wonderful homemade pizzas. It’s performed outstandingly each time, and we’re very happy with this first foray into the Rose market.

Our Sangiovese Rose is made in the French style with a ruby-red sparkle in colour and a complex astringency in the mouth, taking you from green melon to tart cherry to pink grapefruit. It’s not a sweet wine and it’s not a light wine (not at 14% alcohol), it’s a wine made to show the different paths the Sangiovese grape can take, and how each one has a place at your table.

So, as you make your plans for the Australia Day long weekend don’t forget to restock your wines:

Start Long Weekend Wine Shopping Now
Order the NEW Sangiovese Rose Now

Cheers,
Vanessa De Lisio


Yesterday was Anthony’s birthday and so we made the familiar trip to The Barn in McLaren Vale for a family dinner. A spectacular meal, atmosphere and service as always, and it was also the debut of our 2014 Quarterback Red Blend.

The 2014 is a Cabernet lead blend (whereas the 2013 is 32% Shiraz), with leathery black fruits up front and interesting hints of mint and Eucalyptus.

The Quarterback paired beautifully with all of our choices, especially Anthony’s kangaroo, which he almost always orders when we go to The Barn, and which he won’t order anywhere else because it doesn’t compare!