The Konpira Maru journey continued this week with Alastair’s visit to gods country, Mooloolaba. After cricket lessons, past and present, were dealt by Sam’s dad Barry, we ventured down to Jilly Wines.
Run by good mate and local legend Jared Dixon (aka Struggle) in Clunes, NSW and home of Konpira Maru Northern HQ this year, we bottled our northern drops (blend of Wally Lewis and a touch of class) Codename: Flawless Victory Shiraz/Tempranillo/Nebbiolo/Semillon and Admiral Adama Semillon. Both really exciting examples of what this part of the world can bring to the table and regions we are looking forward to working within for years to come.
The Northern Semillon which is super spicy, clean but with a skinsy savouriness is the perfect counterpoint to our Victorian Semillon, Admiral Akbar which is clean and refreshing. The red blend has length, driven by the fine tannins of the Nebbiolo and the natural acidity of the high elevation site Topper’s Mountain in New England.
Exciting times and as always, was assisted ably by XXXX Gold and little to no humour.
We’re super happy to be proud and passionately paid up business supporters of community radio station PBS. It is the least we can do for the vintage sanity they provide us!!! In particular we love a bit of Fang It!, Thursdays 5 – 7pm. Absurdly awesome playlist of dirty rock, just how we like it.
This year we are making a range of wines from an organically managed vineyard in Tenterfield, NSW. This high elevation site is a hidden gem really, with average night time temperatures in line with Heathcote, cooler than Bendigo, and with mild days, that allow long maturation on the vine. So this year when most of Victoria was harvested Tenterfield vines were still ticking along. And take it from us, the Victorian vintage flew in! So where as Heathcote Shiraz was picked early to mid-February, we are only harvesting up there next week (mid-March).
Sam has selflessly spearheaded the operation, making the epic journey down from the Sunshine Coast HQ to squeeze in a harvest, yabby fishing, processing in good mate Jared Dixon’s winery (Jilly Wines), more yabby fishing, and an awe-inspiring regime of pie consumption.
Currently wrapping up the launch of our 2015s, a 4 day extravaganza of venue visits and venue… well, sitting at the bar of a lot of venues. It has been great catching up with old friends and new and showing the new wares. The new labels look almost as good as the vino to be honest, designed by the legend that is Brett Johns (@brett_johnss).
The Garganola (300 bottles) and The Istrian (108 bottles) are back, joined by the Gymkata Shiraz (2100 bottles) and V for Vermentino (1300 bottles).
Vintage is back on us. Shiraz coming in early April along with some fresh crunchy semillon from the same vineyard (Quarry Ridge, Kilmore), and we’ll be making another set of Shiraz and Semillon at our new Northern Winery/Konpira Maru HQ, before heading to Chile for a Chardonnay/Pinot mission in Maule.
it is happening!