Odyssey Garden Shiraz
The Shiraz grapes for this wine are grown in two vineyards, from the Knotting Hill vineyard in Margaret River, and 10% from a friend’s vineyard in Donnybrook. There is a small amount of malbec (4%) blended in which is from the Knotting Hill Vineyard in Margaret River. The Donnybrook area is part of the Geographe Wine Region, and produces flavours with riper, red and black berry flavours, and a richness to the palate due to the warmer ripening conditions.
The way we handle our shiraz ferments is very labour intensive, but the end results in terms of colour and flavour extraction is well worth the hard work. We ferment our reds in open topped fermenters, with alternating hand plunging, followed by draining off skins into a tank, then returning onto skins with lots of splashing and aeration, happening 2 to 3 times a day. The wine completes fermentation through to dryness on skins then it’s pressed off skins using a basket press. (Still more shovelling!)
We then mature this wine in tank and in older french oak barrels for 16 months.
Our 2019 Odyssey Garden Shiraz has juicy flavours of blueberry, plums and cherries, savoury spices and hints of fragrant mocha and chocolate. On the palate, the red and dark berry flavours continue, balanced by soft velvety tannins. This wine is refined and elegant in style, and is made in a ‘Ready to Drink and Enjoy Now’ style, but it will age for a for a number of years too if desired.
This wine is a blend of 96% shiraz and 4% malbec. The Margaret River and Geographe Wine Regions consistently produce intensely flavoured shiraz that’s perfect for making a soft, fruity, textured wine .
Vintage in the Margaret River and Geographe Wine Regions started late due to the mild and cool spring weather experienced all across the southern part of Western Australia. The cooler weather continued on into Summer and the milder temperatures during ripening helped to maintain the fresh, floral and fruity aromas in the earlier white varieties. The Shiraz from 2019 is quite stunning in their liveliness and intensity of flavours. The Malbec adds some firmer tannins and flavour length.
The Shiraz grapes come from two vineyards, the Knotting Hill vineyard at Chapman Hill, and the Langley vineyard which is located in the hills between Donnybrook and Kirup. The gravelly granitic deep loamy soils and undulating terrain, delivers cabernet and shiraz that is quite distinctive to the Donnybrook sub-region with a mix of riper blueberry and blackberry flavours, and in warmer years more cherry, raspberry jam and plum flavours.
Tomato, squash, cumin, sage, white beans, cloves, saffron, black olives, fennel, pepper, juniper berries, anise, nutmeg, cinnamon, chocolate, radicchio, thai mint, basil , cinnamon basil, chervil
Odyssey Garden Rosé
We love our Rosé for it’s generosity of flavours and it’s ability to match with a wide range of foods, . Warning, you may fall in love with it too!
2013 Redtail Sparkling Shiraz
Redtail Sparkling Shiraz is a wine which we are particularly proud of. It is a uniquely Australian sparkling wine style! Ours is a blend of Shiraz and Viognier, and we have named it after the small flocks of endangered Redtail Forest black cockatoos that visit our farm regularly during summer.
2016 Elevation Cabernet
Our cabernet sauvignon vines were grown by Neil from cuttings sourced from a friends’ cabernet block in the planted in the 1970’s in the Margaret River wine region. Our Elevation cabernet vines have a very fine pedigree!