14 Aug WINEMAKERS – HEATHCOTE & BENDIGO
The Heathcote and Bendigo regions are located at the heart of the Victorian Goldfields region. The soils are deep, with excellent water retention, producing some of the state’s best Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Edwin Wine Club members are in luck, as August is a month of five Thursdays – which means five stunning wines to try from the region.
SUTTON GRANGE http://www.suttongrange.com.au/
Sutton Grange is located on the southern edge of the Bendigo region, and for many years was a well-known thoroughbred racing facility.
Cultivated using organic and biodynamic methods, Sutton Grange’s wines are traditionally handcrafted by winemaker Melanie Chester. Combining distinctive style and interpretation with our organically grown estate fruit, the result is a range of wines that express the uniqueness and characteristics of the site.
Our pick? The Sutton Grange 2018 Fiano. With notes of Kaffir lime, Sherbet and dried pineapple, balanced with complex creamy lees perfume and cardamom spice. Meet the maker at Edwin from 5pm on the 1st of August.
Made alongside Little Reddie wines under the roof of Boomtown Winemakers Co-operative in Castlemaine, Victoria, Minim wines source handpicked grapes from small growers, creating complex wines in small volumes.
With no formal training as a winemaker or viticulturalist, Little Reddie founder Tim has, in his words, “taken risks, made countless mistakes and experimented recklessly in an attempt to better understand process and terroir.”
With a passion for simplicity, season and place in the context and food and wine this little label that could goes from strength to strength.
Our pick? The Minim 2018 ‘Bourdain’ Shiraz Vermentino. A really fascinating, vivid ruby red, with strong raspberry aromatics. On the palate, this wine moves quickly through to fruit to structure, finishing with a pucker of tannin and a desire for more fruit.
You can get a taste for Minim wines at Edwin from 5pm of the 8th of August
A late entry into our August line up, Linnaea Vineyards describe themselves as ‘seasoned winemakers adding spice to your life with wines of singular intensity, grown and made using Organic principles in ever-increasing harmony with the world’.
Founded in 2008, Linnaea Vineyards have created a growing body of wine from around the world. These wines are taken from the wiles of Napa Valley California and Barolo in Piedmont to the ancient red soils of Heathcote, Australia.
Sample some of Linnaea’s finest at our Wine Club from 5pm – 7pm on Thursday the 15thof August.
The Chalmers family has a long-held commitment to innovation and excellence which has made them a well respected force in the Australian wine scene for almost 30 years.
Encouraging viticultural diversity through their nursery, vineyards and wine brands, Chalmers is working to sustainably grow and authentically craft the regional Australian wines of the future.
Chalmers’ Heathcote Vineyard is an east facing sloped site comprised of the famous red Cambrian soils of the area. The lower vineyard is deep, red clay-loam while the higher vineyard is complex rocky terrain of ironstone, dolerite, green basalt and jasper.
The site holds 24 different varieties already and many vinification experiments are being conducted on the individual characteristics of the soils of different blocks within the site. Parcels of fruit from this vineyard are also sold to other adventurous winemakers each vintage and Chalmers value their role as respected growers for the more than 40 different winemakers, from garage to well established, utilising their grapes.
We love the Chalmers 2018 Greco: Bold and intense, with elements of ripe apple, and poached quince. This wine is pithy and mouth-watering. Meet the maker and sample Chalmers wines at Edwin on the 22nd August as part of our Wine Club.
Tellurian was born out of founder Ian Hopkins’ passion for Heathcote Shiraz. Offered the opportunity to partner in a vineyard on the Mount Camel range in 2002, Ian’s caution was overcome by the idea of crafting something fine and beautiful from Heathcote’s 550 million-year-old Cambrian soils.
Bringing together a team of a winemaker, a viticulturalist and a co-principal, the first vintage of Tellurian shiraz bottled in 2008. Following the first planting of Shiraz, the team has taken advantage of the Mediterranean-style climate of the region, adding Rhone varieties: grenache, mouverdre, marsanne, roussane and viognier and Italian wines; nero d’avola and fiano.
We love the Tellurian 2018 Mouvedre, with pronounced fresh cassis and prune. This is an elegant garnet drop with fine tannin. A distinctive structure, savoury and spicy. One to try when you visit Edwin. You can meet the maker at our Wine Club on the 29th of August, from 5pm.
All the makers listed above will be joining us at Edwin throughout the month to discuss their approach to winemaking, and to give you a taste of their range. Make sure you’re signed up to our Wine Club for more information. You can sign up HERE.