The ‘Bush Vine’ project represents the culmination of 35+ years’ experience of our families inland farming and viticultural journey where we test the limits of ‘dry growing’ in Merbein, Victoria, the heart of our production.
The vineyard was established organically in 2017 and managed with no herbicides or pesticides, hand pruned, hand harvested and even manually weeded. In the extreme hot and sometimes brutal climate of the Murray Darling, each vine is grown as a little tree/bush to provide its own shade and protection from the harsh sun. They are spaced 2.5 metres apart which enables them to capture the water it needs and minimises competition from neighbouring vines.
Hailing from the west of Sicily, Inzolia is considered one of the most important ancient Mediterranean (warm climate) white grape varieties and was a natural and appropriate choice for our bush vine planting. It’s sturdy makeup, drought tolerance, plump berries and thick firm skins all positive qualities for the site conditions.
“Very pure and emphatic”, ” well sculptured” notes Jancis Robinson, this intensely perfumed and lifted wine shows aromas of citrus peel, cardamon pods, white and yellow stone fruits and florals, wattle and pine needles. It is medium to full bodied, with concentrated stone fruits the hero, fresh apricot kernels, buttery, slippery, waxy and chewy, it’s a wine with power and definition, perfectly suited to the dinner table with a Miso Black Cod or Jerusalem Artichoke Hazelnut Tart.