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Nick Haselgrove

McLaren Vale
 

Big Nick is as much a mate as he is a great winemaker. Chew the fat with him for 5 minutes and you almost think you’re old school mates. A third generation winemaker (Grandad Coonawarra, Dad McLaren Vale) he was destined to spend February to April each year with red hands, feet and tongue.

After taking the reins from his Dad, the 1990’s saw Nick running a very smart operation in McLaren Vale trading as Haselgrove Wines. The corporates circled and the brand became a part of the publically listed Australian Premium Wines. Compelled to toe the company line Nick did so, but with fingers crossed behind his back. In the early 2,000’s he decided it was time to run the joint again. He put together a portfolio of brands and in 2010 along with some investors and industry veterans they started Adelaide Winemakers. Today they produce labels including Clarence Hill, Blackbilly, Old Faithful, Old Gentlemen and of course Quorum.

Nick’s accolades include McLaren Vale Bushing King in 1993, top prize at the Sydney International Wine Show in 1998, and Winestate Magazine’s Australian winemaker of the Year 2010. If you’re wondering what a ‘Bushing King’ is just get a ticket to the lunch and your education will be complete.

Brian Fletcher

Cafe Block

2016 Shiraz


 

McLaren Vale is home to some of the most treasured Old Vine plantings in the world today, with the earliest known plantings dating back to 1860’s. We affectionately refer to them as “The Old Faithful”. They are a resource we treasure dearly.

Rosabrook Single Vineyard Estate 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

The Old Faithful Wine Company is an artisan producer of small quantities of exceptional wines from older, exceptional single vineyards. We look for vineyards that are expressive of McLaren Vale, the vintage and the variety and only release our wines when the wines display these finest characters. With the Rhone as its inspiration - Shiraz, Grenache and sometimes Mourvedre grace our portfolio. Made to age gracefully, we believe in and recommend our wines and hope you can enjoy the magic of ‘The Old Faithful’.

 

The ‘Cafe Block’ Shiraz is another expressive site in McLaren Vale. Over 40 years old and perched at the “Top of the Hill” in the north of McLaren Vale with commanding views and hard schist loam soils, these vines have natural low vigour and produced some of the best fruit of the vintage.

After harvesting, the grapes undergo cold soak in an open tank then ferment slowly over a week or more. On pressing the wine was transferred to seasoned French oak barrels to complete fermentation and add structure to the wine. Only the best barrels were selected for the final wine. Bottled with light filtration, no fining.

WINEMAKER’S NOTE

Colour: Opaque, saturated purple.
Nose: Briary, bramble bush... reminiscent of wild blackberries. Nougat and mocha oak notes with a hint of liquorice and forest floor.

PALATE

Tannic, full and rich with stoney, mineral palate and black fruits with length and crisp acidity. Full flavoured and persistent but needs time for the tannins to integrate and resolve.

2016 VINTAGE

Benchmark, one of the better conditions of vintage experienced for some time in McLaren Vale.

VARIETY

Shiraz grown in schist loams

OAK

100% Seasoned French oak Hogsheads for 30 months.

BOTTLED

December, 2018

TECHNICAL

Alcohol 14.5%
pH 3.54, TA 6.25
DIAM technical cork to provide taint free cellaring.

Winemaking by Nick Haselgrove

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After harvesting, the grapes undergo cold soak in an open tank then ferment slowly over a week or more. On pressing the wine was transferred to seasoned French oak barrels to complete fermentation and add structure to the wine. Only the best barrels were selected for the final wine. Bottled with light filtration, no fining.

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$70.00
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SKU: RED009
 
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The Old Faithfull, Northern Exposure

2013 Grenache


 

 

Rosabrook Single Vineyard Estate 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

The ‘Northern Exposure’ Grenache is sourced from dry grown vineyard planted over 80 years ago on sandy soils over siltstone, to the North of Blewitt Springs on the edge of the Onkaparinga gorge. The block’s exposure ensures optimal ripeness and pristine definition of varietal fruits, which is captured by the magic of old bush vines and traditional viticulture.

Once fully and evenly ripe these grapes are harvested by hand and then gently crushed to our open fermenter. A short cold maceration helps extract fruits and tannin. Then the fermentation is allowed to get hot to extract richness and complexity. The new wine is transferred to seasoned oak for extended maturation and eventual barrel selection to produce a lovely textured wine style.

WINEMAKER’S NOTE

Colour: Dark cherry red with a mauve hue.
Nose: Dark raspberry fruit, floral pot pourri and with a hint of Turkish delights and a subtle malty oak note. Remarkably poised and fresh with interesting mineral, quartz stone complexity.

PALATE

Textural palate with rich round tannin and piquant acidity with a touch of light soy. Focussed dark fruits, brightness and integration with oak. Excellent length and poise for the cellar.

POTENTIAL

4-12 years, longer in a cool cellar. Decant on opening and allow to breathe if possible for a couple of hours.

2013 VINTAGE

A classic vintage with all the great hallmarks of McLaren Vale.

VARIETY

Grenache on siltstone. (Saddleworth Formation)

OAK

40 months in seasoned French oak puncheon.

BOTTLED

August, 2016

TECHNICAL

Alcohol 14.5%
pH 3.4, TA 6.0
DIAM 30 technical cork to provide taint free cellaring. 1479 Produced.

Winemaking by Nick Haselgrove

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Colour: Dark cherry red with a mauve hue.
Nose: Dark raspberry fruit, floral pot pourri and with a hint of Turkish delights and a subtle malty oak note. Remarkably poised and fresh with interesting mineral, quartz stone complexity.

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SKU: RED017
 

 


Blackbilly Chardonnay

2019 Chardonnay


 

 

Rosabrook Single Vineyard Estate 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

Blackbilly wine is produced using the famous vineyards of the Adelaide Zone known for wines of richness and diversity. Using modern and traditional winemaking techniques we craft wines of exceptional value and flavour for drinking and enjoyment.

This vintage of Blackbilly Chardonnay sourced from a single vineyard in the Adelaide zone, specifically the maritime Currency Creek vineyard. Distinctive in varietal aromatics and

flavours with complexity generated from winemaking techniques - including use of old French oak hogsheads with vineyard yeasts, high solids, 100% malolactic fermentation
influence and lees stirred for 15 months.

Simple, yet complex winemaking techniques are used with emphasis given to preservation
of fruit and varietal character. We have bottled it under a screw cap seal to maximise freshness as the wine develops some complexity. Whilst it is intended to be drunk as a younger wine, cellaring will develop some interesting characters including Cre me Brule and nuttiness. Served chilled but not cold.

WINEMAKER’S NOTE

Colour: Medium straw with a slight green and yellow hues
Nose: White peach, lemon curd with a waxy cashew nut note. Buttery complexity and some funky aromatics from the winemaking techniques. Should develop a flinty note with cellaring.

PALATE

Clean, crisp acid with stone fruit and lemon zest/pith/curd. Some light phenolic lift from the oak adds interest and appeal. Needs a little time to meld together.

POTENTIAL

Drink now but short term cellaring (to 3-5 years) will add further complexity and varietal definition.

2019 VINTAGE

2019 was warmer vintage with a cool finish still displaying the cooler maritime influence.

FOODS

Blue Swimmer crab linguine.

BOTTLED

February, 2019 under screwcap.

TECHNICAL

Alcohol 12.8%
pH 3.46
TA 5.6

Winemaking by Nick Haselgrove

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Probably our most robust, hardy and diverse grape variety in Australia; basically we make great chardonnay. I often say if an Australian winemaker can’t make good chardonnay, they ain’t worth their worth. Nick Haselgrove is worth all that and more.

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$25.00
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SKU: WHT021
 

 


Blackbilly Shiraz

2019 Shiraz


 

 

Rosabrook Single Vineyard Estate 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

Blackbilly wine is produced using the famous vineyards of McLaren Vale known for wines of richness and diversity. Using modern and traditional winemaking techniques we craft wines of exceptional value and flavour for drinking and enjoyment.

Shiraz is Australia’s most famous variety and McLaren Vale’s signature wine. Old vineyards, a Mediterranean climate and classical winemaking, which includes the use of American oak hogsheads (AP John), ensures a wine of substance and style.

This 17th vintage release of Blackbilly uses an older vineyards from heavier soils in McLaren Flat to produce a beautifully scented wine. Full and round tannins are a highlight of the palate aptly combined with ripe fruit complexity. The partial use of American oak hogsheads for barrel
fermentation (~15%) and a mixture of older French oaks provide a complex character in harmony with the fruitiness of the wine.

As this wine has been treated with respect in our cellar, a harmless crust may develop with maturation. Decant and allow to breathe on opening. Medium term cellaring is recommended to enjoy the regionality this wine provides.

WINEMAKER’S NOTE

Colour: Dark magenta with purple hue and tinge of brick red.
Nose: Blueberry, satsuma plum with lifted cedar oak and light briar and forest floor.

PALATE

Fresh and crisp with proud tannin with solid blue fruit and light balsamic lift. Coffee grounds and oak notes on finish that will resolve with time in bottle.

POTENTIAL

This vintage has produced strong wines that have medium term cellaring potential.

2019 VINTAGE

2019 was a vintage with numerous weather challenges ending in a hot, dry season with a fast harvest and lower yields.

FOODS

Low n slow rack of beef or a ragout with pasta.

BOTTLED

May, 2021 under screwcap.

TECHNICAL

Alcohol 14.5%
pH 3.42
TA 6.4

Winemaking by Nick Haselgrove

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I have 2 favourite regions for Shiraz, and one of them is McLaren Vale. Rich, ripe fruit, elegant but at the same time full bodied. It goes with food, it goes with footy, it goes with friends and it goes with family. Enjoy.

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SKU: RED037