Pindarie Wines - Barossa Valley SA

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Pindarie Riesling

 

An exciting new comer to the Pindarie range. This wine recognises the importance of vineyard site, Pindarie being predominately a red varietal producer we have sought a wine which showcases the great diversity of our surrounding regions.

 

The cool climate of the Eden Valley is renowned for producing definitive high quality Riesling. This 2014 expresses the hallmark characters we have become to expect from the Eden Valley.

 

Alluring aromas of lemons and limes trailed with a mineral edge and natural bracing acidity, a wine which shows great fruit purity and finishes clean and crisp.

Pindarie La Femme

 

If you are not aware, Savagnin is not some sort of cousin of ‘Sauvignon’ (blanc…); it’s a fiercely independent variety all of its own, with its own character – and mojo.

 

It is known for its aromas of white peaches and nectarines, some straw, and tropical hints. This year we see all those characters, plus an interesting herbal edge; hints of sage and mint – intriguing stuff.

 

The variety is renowned for a depth of flavour and texture that’s a notch above many other white varieties. You will see a mouth-filling richness, yet it retains a fresh, zesty profile that’s refreshing.

 

Pindarie Bar Rossa - Temranillo Sangiovese Shiraz

 

Careful planning goes into the makeup of this medium-bodied blend. There is a synergy with the co-fermentation of the low acid Tempranillo and the high acid Sangiovese. A small amount of Shiraz was later included in the blend, which softened the tannins slightly.

This is the seventh vintage of this wine, which has gathered an impressive count of medal wins in its short history.

This Mediterranean blend shows the best of its two main components: aromas of black cherries and plums from the ‘Sangio’, and spice and brambles from the ’Temp’. A hint of blackberry and pepper come from the Shiraz.

It is carefully a medium-bodied wine, with flavours consistent with the nose, a velvety texture and softly drying tannins.

 

Pindarie - The Risk Taker - Tempranillo

 

Tempranillo is moving from ‘exotic newcomer’ to ‘old friend’ quite quickly, and is undoubtedly one of the fastest-growing ‘new’ varieties in Australia.

However, we suspect that not everyone jumping on the bandwagon will be happy with the result: it’s a peculiar variety to grow, with habits that take time to learn. It is sensitive to excess heat and aridity, prone to losing leaves from the shoots and acidity from the berries. It needs careful attention to achieve even and full ripening without damage in the event of hot weather in the ripening phase.

We are both very careful – and after several years now, relatively experienced! As it ripens we sample the bunches at least twice per week, ensure that it receives enough water to keep the canopy fresh, and pick at moderate ripeness – we want freshness and vibrancy in the flavours, so that the resultant wine is also fresh, with Temp’s signature aromatics and flesh.

 

Pindarie - Schoffs Hill - Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Cabernet is undoubtedly one of the world’s great grapes. Blessed with distinctive aromas and flavours, and a tannic profile which almost guarantees ageing potential, it has migrated from its home in France to almost every grape growing region around the planet.

 

In the Barossa and other warm regions the challenge is to preserve its distinctive character; avoiding a flatness and confected aromas that accompany over-ripe fruit.

 

Our single-vineyard Cabernet can be seen from the kitchen table! It is classic red earth over limestone; low-yielding vines which produce often straggly bunches of small berries. But those small berries pack a punch of varietal character and tannin which make lovely wine.

 

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Pindarie - Western Ridge - Shiraz

 

We recently read a commentary piece entitled “Whither Shiraz?” in which the merits of different styles of the variety were discussed. No such discussion is valid without reference to the Barossa, where different sites and soils, and growing and making philosophies, offer many great expressions of Shiraz.

 

Our view is that any ideology or philosophy should come second to the site: our unique conditions and soils should largely dictate the outcome. However, we are also very aware of just how important our picking decisions are, as ‘going early’ will effectively short-change the site and season; conversely, leaving the fruit to get too ripe obliterates that signature.

 

So we seek generous yet fresh aromas and flavours, firm but even tannins, and the balance that comes from getting harvest timing just right.

It didn’t hurt that 2012 was a terrific year!

 

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Pindarie - "Black Hinge" Premium Shiraz

Black Hinge is a Reserve range of wines in the best vintage years when an exceptional batch of fruit has been taken aside and given special attention combined with slow maturation in fine oak

 

The Shiraz exhibits a deep rich brick red colour. There is an elegant lifted aroma of vanillin and dark chocolate. This is complexed by dark fruit cake aromas from the Shiraz fruit. The complex nose is evident on the palate where the fleshy fruit fills the mouth and is drawn through the palate finishing with long silky tannins