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El Mejor is Spanish for “The Best” and highlights the art of blending varieties that are rarely seen together.
Made from 100% basket pressings it is combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvedre and Shiraz.
Aged in new American Oak barrels for two years and then bottle aged for another 18 months. The result is a big, intensely flavoured wine with depth of flavour and long, long finish.
The 1953 Orlando Barossa Cabernet, oh what a wine, and it is like minded wines that the four of us have enjoyed over the years that inspires us to make wines that live and develop in the Cellar.
In a day and age of instant gratification it is our intention to ensure wines like this can and will reward those of you that love to invest time and patience into your wines. We trust that the Soul Growers Cellar Dweller will be one of those wines that will offer you a Soulful “oh what a wine” experience.
The name for our classic, multi-regional Italian style wines stems from the lovely, old Italian folk story which has great sentiment and perhaps even some relevance for the family. The Crittenden’s passion for Italian varieties has also seen winemaking son Rollo work and travel extensively through the north of Italy, while Garry, father and company founder, has written a book on climatic comparisons between Italy and Australia, Italian Wine Grape Varieties in Australia .VINTAGE
2016 was a rare but welcome season with the desirable combination of both quality and quantity across most Victorian wine regions. Perfect flowering conditions in late spring helped cement a bountiful yield which was followed by a warm dry summer with virtually no disease pressure. So productive were many of our affiliated vineyards that judicious green fruit thinning was often required to ensure the retention of concentrated flavors in the finished wines.VINEYARD
The 2016 Pinocchio Rosato is a multiregional blend made up primarily of two of Italy’s most prestigious grape varieties, Nero D’avola and Sangiovese. Harvest date: Late February for the Nero D’avola and Mid March for the Sangiovese.WINEMAKING
The hand harvested grapes were gently whole bunch pressed and the expressed juice was sent to a stainless steel vessel. After settling, the clear pink juice was separated from the solids where it was allowed to commence fermentation with natural ("wild") yeast. Fermentation took place in old oak barriques, where the wine remained for a further 7 months on gross lees to enhance its richness and complexity. Once the aging process was complete the resulting wine was again racked to stainless steel tanks where it was stabilised and filtered in preparation for bottling.ALCOHOL: 13% MALOLACTIC: 0% pH /TA: 3.51 / 6.26 gms per litre OAK HANDLING: 7 months in old red barriques WINEMAKER’S TASTING NOTES:
Rose must be one of the great success stories of the last decade; and why not?! It is one of the most versatile and enjoyable styles around, offering as it does a great compliment to Asian dishes or just a refreshing drink on a hot summer’s day. The barrel fermentation and extended aging of this wine on gross lees has added a textural complexity that is rarely seen in Rose style wines. Adding to this a lively core of berry fruit and clean vibrant acidity that is mainly attributable to the use of premium Sangiovese fruit for the wine’s production.
Located in the heart of Adelaide on North Terrace, in the grounds of the University of Adelaide.
Part of the celebrated 'boulevard of culture and learning', Elder Hall is close to the Art Gallery, the South Australian Museum, and the State Library.
Presenting concerts all year round, the Elder Conservatorium of Music’s heritage-listed Elder Hall is central to fine music making in Adelaide.
Soul Growers are proud to partner with Elder Hall and has named this wine in honor of one of Australia’s finest concert Halls.
Vineyard: Our Diamond Blanc de Blancs is made from the Chardonnay grape and grown on our Brokenback Vineyard located in the heart of Pokolbin, Hunter Valley wine country N.S.W. The soil type consists of well drained sandy loams. The vineyard has drip irrigation installed on each vine row to ensure vine health and consistency of quality. The crop yields are relatively low, producing excellent concentration of fruit flavour.Harvest: Date – 25th January: The grapes were handpicked to minimise skin contact and preserve the fresh, delicate flavours of this wine style. Appearance: Pale straw with green tinged hues. Bouquet: Aromas of almonds laced with elegant melon characters.
Palate: The vibrant palate has a generous but refreshing citrus core with melon fruit flavours and fine acidity filling the palate. The finish is long and creamy. Serve chilled.Cellaring: Made for early consumption.
Food Suggestions: A delicious aperitif and is suited to a wide variety of foods and occasions. Ideal for that Summer occasion day or evening.Wine Analysis: Alcohol – 13.0% Residual Sugar – 7.0g/Lt Acidity – 7.80g/Lt PH – 3.15 Volume – 2500Lt Additives: Preservative 220 (sulphur dioxide) Fined using milk products.
Vintage Conditions: The 2015 vintage was a very good year in the Hunter Valley for white winemaking. Early rainfall in Spring was followed by warm, dry conditions during ripening and harvest. This produced limited yields of high quality fruit displaying elegance and finesse – ideal for sparkling wine production.
Winemaking: After crushing and destemming the must was chilled to 12 degrees. The skins were very lightly pressed and the juice was cold settled. Once settled the clear juice was racked and inoculated with a selected sparkling white wine yeast and fermented at 12 – 15 degrees for 14 days. At the completion of the alcoholic fermentation the wine was racked off yeast deposits, stabilised, fined and filtered. In September 2015 the wine underwent secondary fermentation charging the wine with high levels of dissolved carbon dioxide to create this complex and delicious sparkling wine.
Beautiful example of a medium dry style with minimal skin contact gives the wine that fresh, lifted and full flavour.
This wine is dedicated to the soul mates we have in our lives – without them life would be very different. To our Soul Sisters
Vineyard: Our Brokenback Vineyard Chardonnay (60%), Semillon (20%) and Verdelho (20%) is grown on well-drained sandy loam soils located in Pokolbin, the heart of Hunter Valley wine country N.S.W. The vineyard has drip irrigation installed on each vine row to ensure vine health and consistency of quality. The crop yields are relatively low, producing excellent concentration of fruit flavour.Harvest: Date – January/February: The grapes were machine harvested during the cool early morning hours (3-5am) to preserve the fresh, delicate flavours of these varieties. Appearance: Pale straw with green tinged hues. Bouquet: Lifted lemon blossom and tropical fruit aromas.
Palate: Our 3 Vats Classic White is a careful blend of Chardonnay, Semillon and Verdelho. This blending has created a generous yet balanced wine displaying a melody of tropical fruit flavours with crunchy citrus acidity and a refreshing fruity finish.Cellaring: Enjoy this early drinking style.
Food Suggestions: To be enjoyed on any occasion with a large variety of cuisine – or simply a glass on its own amongst friends.Wine Analysis: Alcohol – 12.0% Residual Sugar – 4.0g/Lt Acidity – 6.7g/Lt pH – 3.35 Volume – 5000Lt Additives: Preservative 220 (sulphur dioxide) Fined using milk products.
Vintage Conditions: The 2016 vintage was an excellent year for white winemaking in the Hunter Valley. Early rainfall in Spring was followed by warm, dry conditions during ripening and harvest. This produced limited yields of high quality fruit displaying excellent fruit flavour whilst retaining natural acidity.
Winemaking: After crushing and destemming the must was chilled to 12 degrees then pressed and cold settled. Once settled the clear juice was racked and inoculated with a selected white wine yeast and fermented at 12-15 degrees for 15 days. At the completion of the alcoholic fermentation the wine was racked off yeast deposits and stabilised. Then blending commenced of the three varieties which had been kept separate to this point. The blended wine was then fined and filtered for bottling in early October 2016.
Wine Label:Fishbone Sparkling Cider
Vintage: NV – (no vintage is declared but is made from single batch of single season apples)
Style: Off dry sparkling
Variety: 80% Pink Lady, 20% Grannysmith
GI: Western Australia 100%
Alcohol: Actual 10.0% Label 10.0%
Residual Sugar: 2.0 gL
Additives: PMS (224)
Colour: Pale straw with lime green tint
Nose: Intense youthful apple floral nose.
Palate: Dry with a creamy texture, balanced natural granny-smith acidity supports fresh and lively clean apple and pear fruit flavours through to the finish.
Cellaring: 5 years
Volume: 200 cases
Made from a blend of fresh Donnybrook and Manjimup Pink Lady and Grannysmith apples. This is bottle fermented and hand riddled Methode Champenoise.