Commune of Buttons
When Jasper Button and his sister, Sophie, moved back to the family vineyard in the Adelaide Hills, they hade no intention of making wine. For them, the journey was more about building the farm into an economically viable business. But then Jasper met Anton van Klopper of Lucy Margaux.
The trailblazing natural winemaker and all-round wildman introduced Jasper to the philosophies behind natural winemaking and how full of energy and vibrancy these wines can be. Jasper picked and processed two barrels of Chardonnay in 2013, and never looked back.
He and Sophie founded Commune of Buttons the very next year, began converting the vineyards to organic and biodynamic viticulture, and started making wines in earnest. They were quickly welcomed into the natural wine community of the Basket Range, learning and sharing knowledge with producers such as Brendon Keys of BK Wines, James Erskine of Jauma, and the late Taras Ochota from Ochota Barrels.
Validation came very quickly for Jasper, with the award for Best New Act at the Young Gun of Wine Awards 2016, and then having his 2015 ABC Chardonnay poured at Rene Redzepi's NOMA pop-up in Sydney.
Since then, the Buttons have gone from strength to strength, building their range, and sourcing fruit from outside their own vineyards to supplement their production. All of their partner vineyards share the same hands-off philosophies, and all of the fruit picked is processed with minimal intervention and maximum care by Jasper and Sophie. No additions of any kind are used during the winemaking process with tiny amounts of sulphur added just prior to bottling.
See the Commune of Buttons wines here.
Les Fruits, the passion project of Tim Stock: wine importer by day, and by night… well that’s his business. Tim makes his wines in the shed at Commune of Buttons, taking advantage of organically farmed sites in the Adelaide Hills with the occasional wine from the Barossa Valley too.
His style of winemaking reflects the wines he imports and enjoys; wines that speak of site and place, gently handled, vibrant, and refreshing. These are another great example of the new wave of winemakers changing the landscape in the Adelaide Hills, producing wines with freshness and focus.
We’ve been big supporters of his project for a few years now and with each vintage, the wines get better and better. If you’ve not had the chance, this release is a great snapshot of Les Fruits and what’s to come, as Tim hones his craft and style further. Pay particular attention to the Voix de Raisins Rose, which Felix and I loved.
See the wines here!
A winery that surely needs no introduction, Henschke is one of the pinnacles of Australian wine, with their flagship Hill of Grace being an internationally renowned Icon Wine.
We have very limited amounts of the current 2016 Hill of Grace, along with two of the best age-worthy Eden Valley Shiraz available, 2016 Mount Edelstone and 2016 The Wheelwright.
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