After giving us a fair hammering for a few years the weather gods showed they can be nice when it suits them in 2010 making it for my money the vintage of the decade. Eden Valley being that bit more marginal shows the vagaries of the vintage on its shirtsleeve but in a year like this one, wow! I find it hard not to get excited by this wonderful combination of red and black forest fruits nestled in a bed of slightly grippy tannin. Fruit, structure, depth and complexity what more can you ask for? - Winery Note
Smallfry wines is a partnership in business and life between Suzi Hilder and Wayne Ahrens. We are viticulturists bitten by the winemaking bug, the chance to turn our own fruit into wine is too good to pass up. That we are also foodies drives our winemaking down a certain path. Natural ferments, nil to minimal adjustment, old oak a soft hand in the cellar allows the vineyard to speak. The style is food friendly, Euro style, with a eye to balance and subtlety.
The essential component is great fruit, we are lucky enough to own two very special vineyards, one in Eden Valley and the other in Vine Vale in the valley floor. The Eden Valley vineyard has been established by us since 1994, while the Vine Vale block has been the Schlieb's family seat for generations, with the last incumbent putting in 52 vintages before hanging up his snips.
- Winery Note
|Product Type||Wine Red Cabernet and Bordeaux Blends|
|Winemaking Practices||Minimal Intervention|