Sourced from the foothills of Mt Canoolas, Orange at an altitude of 880 meters above sea level, these vineyards have extremely fertile soil, rich in volcanic ash. It is deep well drained clay loam, and red and brown ferrosol soils derived from basalt, with silty textures being found at hill top sites.
Shiraz Grenache Mataro, more commonly called SGM, is a wine style that marries the berry and chocolate Shiraz characters with floral Grenache and smokey spice Mataro notes. All the batches have been individually fermented and matured to allow for the final blending to maximise the characters and quality.
Within the 70 acres of 50 year old Semillon vines we have there is always a block that stands out each vintage and warrants keeping by itself for bottling under our White Label range.
In many ways, the introduction of the Peninsula range marks a new chapter in the Crittenden Family’s 30 years of winemaking. As the name suggests, fruit has been sourced from independent Mornington Peninsula grape growers with whom we have a great respect and long standing relationship.
Loaded with chocolate and dark fruit goodness, this Shiraz will age gracefully with ease. The mouth is coated generously, the acid structure indicating a long life ahead too.
Wood and baking type spices add further levels of complexity, though the cedary oak does protrude more than I had hoped. It settled in ensuing days - and that’s when it was drinking its best.
It’s easy to warm to in the end - cold nights, hearty meals and friends... You get the picture
Chalky mineral aromatics with lemon and lime. Tight knit acidity with chalky mineral flavours coming through on the pallet. Acidity is long and fine with a steely structure and lengthy finish.
Perfect flowering conditions in late spring helped cement a bountiful yield which was followed by a warm dry summer with virtually no disease pressure.
2 x Sew and Sew 2016 Adelaide Hills Chardonnay.
2 x Sew and Sew 2014 Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir.
2 x Sew and Sew 2015 Adelaide Hills Syrah.