I’m a Barossa boy who has somehow managed to combine all my interests in my day-to-day vocation! I thank God everyday that I can call this pastime work. I was born in the Barossa to parents who worked at a large winery (Penfolds) and my father comes from a family line (Chaffey) that spans back five generations in winemaking, if you count me too. I had no intention to become a winemaker, but my early ambitions of becoming an electronics engineer were thwarted due to poor school grades so I decided to just get out and get a job in the Barossa. Mostly this leads to wine! It took about 20 years of working in cellar doors, wine label printers and as a bulk wine broker to finally get the opportunity to do what I really love: telling the stories of our region through it’s quintessential styles as we see them. I was fortunate to marry Louanne and gain not only a loving wife but also my brother in law and now business partner, Theo, who brings business acumen and his own raft of ideas for new wines. Reinterpreting the wines that made the region famous while exploring special vineyards, varieties and sub-regions. Purity of fruit and minimal-intervention winemaking underpin their professed passion for storytelling. We tend to work on most things together from making the wines, to designing the packaging.
Not Your Grandma’s Rosé is made as a true rosé. 62% of the blend is old vine Grenache which is blended with 30% of old vine Mourvèdre. The remaining 8% is an aromatic blend of Riesling, Gewürtztraminer, and Weißer Herold from the Eden Valley, which emphasises the strawberry, musk and turkish delight aromas. Grenache contributes the red berry and strawberry palate with Mourvèdre adding structure and lingering spicy finish.
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