Innovative blends and exciting varietals - the first releases from a winemaker of renown.
A new label with plenty of pedigree, from the hands of the vastly experienced Alex Sherrah. Alex’s winemaking journey began in McLaren Vale at Tatachilla, followed by stints in Napa and Clare Valleys, Austria and Burgundy, before returning to McLaren Vale in 2012 as Coriole’s senior winemaker, where he has gained solid exposure to the Vale’s emerging varieties.
Working with excellent sites farmed by first rate growers, the philosophy here is to work with five varieties only - Chenin Blanc and Fiano for whites, and Grenache, Shiraz and Nero d’Avola for reds. The wines are characterised by some innovative varietal blending and varying degrees of experimental winemaking, and a house style of freshness and drinkability.
SHERRAH 'white et al' FIANO CHENIN BLANC 2017
2/3 Fiano, 1/3 Chenin Blanc. The Fiano comes from the Lacey vineyard in the Tatachilla sub region of southern McLaren Vale, with the Chenin from the Casetta vineyard in Blewitt Springs. Grapes were fermented separately then raised in stainless, with a portion in seasoned oak to build texture. Unfined and unfiltered.
"A curious mix of fiano and chenin blanc that results in a zesty white of immense interest and personality. This is the kind of wine for warm days and South Australia's favourite fish, King George whiting, pulled fresh from the ocean, quickly barbecued and seasoned with a squeeze of lemon. Indeed, there's a pitch perfect lemony tang to this wine, which sits neatly alongside its more savoury, saline acid profile. The bouquet is redolent of brown lies, frangipani and sea spray, a gorgeous scent to accompany the refreshing nature of the palate." Mike Bennie, Gourmet Traveller Wine
"The search of a hero white variety in the McLaren Vale region has found itself down several paths, from the long-serving chenin blanc to more contemporary Italian native varieties such as fiano and vermentino. Winemaker Alex Sherrah, like many before him, has sought his own solution and thrown chenin and fiano together and - hey presto- has come up with a smart little duet that displays zest, youthful texture and energy, and sublime salines and minerality. Delish" Tony Love, Adelaide Advertiser/Herald Sun
SHERRAH 'red et al' GSN (GRENACHE SHIRAZ NERO D'AVOLA) 2017
An Australian first! 60% Grenache and 24% Shiraz from the Lacey vineyard (Tatachilla), with 16% Nero d’Avola from the Petrucci vineyard - second generation growers specialising in new and interesting varieties. Aged 9 months in seasoned French oak before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Led by perfumed Grenache, this is an abundance of fruit pleasure with an undertow of serious complexity. Rose petal, raspberries, jam/conserve aromatics and flavours are abound, with some dried herbal grunt from the Nero component giving this far greater dimension.
SHERRAH NERO D'AVOLA 2017
From a single vineyard owned by the Petruccis. Berries were cold soaked for three days prior to ferment beginning naturally, then over seeded with a mixed yeast culture to promote primary fruits. Pressed into seasoned French oak and allowed to go through malo naturally, aged 9 months prior to bottling.
"Bright garnet coloured in glass. Scents of cranberry, pomegranate, touch of rose hip tea a sprinkle of clove and pepper. Juicy, slippery, bright in the palate. A wash of frisky, cranberry-like fruit flavours, a touch of amaro, a dash of pepper in the lively finish. Sweet then gently pleasing bitter. Such fun stuff. Drink with gusto." 90 points, Mike Bennie, Winefront
SHERRAH SHIRAZ 2016
Grown in the Lacey vineyard in Tatachilla, only a few kilometres from the sea and almost at sea level, this is a particularly cool maritime influenced area of the Vale. Whole berries were hand plunged for 14 days before gentle pressing into seasoned French hogsheads and a single new barrel for 9 months before bottling, unfined and unfiltered.
"Plum, dark cherry jam, smoked spices, black liquorice. It’s medium to full bodied, quite ferrous and tannic, but fleshy and sweet fruited too – almost a black jellybean kind of flavour – with earth, black olive and sheets of tannin to close it out. It’s quite rugged, but I like it. Thoroughly regional." 91 points, Gary Walsh,
"The gist of this wine is so different from the more big, bold versions that have defined McLaren Vale. For this, Sherrah seems to have parlayed with northern-Rhône with white pepper, game meat and other savoury elements woven into the framework of this wine. Like his other reds, it sits at just medium weight, though there's riper, plusher elements to the wine, dark berry fruits, too. It finishes bright with a light chew of tannins to reset the palate. It's an elegant rendition of the regional staple." Mike Bennie, Gourmet Traveller Wine