Since 1851, five generations of the Bryson family have been involved in agriculture and the unique and fertile land of South Australia.
This award-winning family's vineyards are located in the picturesque and historic Padthaway valley, 300 km south of Adelaide. These vineyards are planted on some of the world's oldest mineral rich soils and in the most temperate of maritime climates. The Morambro Creek vineyard consistently produces excellent fruit quality from low yielding vines from which they produce exceptional handcrafted wines.
The family business was built over the past half century by Clive and Elizabeth Bryson, who has now handed the day-to-day operations over to the next generation, his three sons, Andrew, David and Paul. In the early 1990's, the Brysons decided to take the plunge and plant vines on their property. Initially, their plan was to sell these grapes to the big wine producers. However, after a few vintages, the desire to see the fruits of their labor was too great to resist. In 1998 they held onto a small selection of their fruits and sent it to the Cape Jaffa Winery. Their own wine - named for the Morambo creek that meanders through the property - was born.
Winery Acreage: 470 acres
Winery Production: 30,000 / 9L cases
Varietals Produced: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc
Winemaker: Ben Riggs
The Bryson family farm consists of 420 acres, separated into two plots each of 210 acres, about 7-8 kilometers apart. The vines enjoy a cool Mediterranean climate with plentiful winter/spring rainfall and the limestone subsoil that provides the excellent drainage. The grapes varieties cultivated here are Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.
At Morambro Creek, their sole objective is to produce the best wines possible from their unique vineyard site. Planted on rich, fertile terra rossa soils, their estate vineyard benefits from excellent sun exposure producing grapes of optimum flavor, color and tannin development. The warm summer days are moderated each evening by coastal winds that cool the vines and result in a longer ripening period. This extended period allows for the grape tannins and seed to fully ripen prior to being harvested, thus creating wines that are rich and supple on the palate.
Their pursuit of great wine can also be seen in the meticulous management of their vineyard. They strive for low crop yields and small grape bunches of intense flavor, and while they employ the latest technology in the vineyard to help them achieve vine balance and reduced vigor, they harvest when the fruit reaches full flavor development.
Vineyards: Our family vineyard is located in the picturesque and historic Padthaway valley, 300 km south of Adelaide. Our rich, fertile terra rosa soils, environmentally friendly viticulture, low yield and exceptional fruit is how we consistently produce outstanding wines. Small parcels of the highest quality fruit are selected from our family vineyard and handcrafted to create wines with amazing depth of flavour, style and balance...” David Bryson
Tasting Notes: Light yellow with a pale straw hue. A classic nose of lemon, fresh stonefruit and melon. The palate is clean and fresh with mineral characters underpinning ripe pineapple and lime flavours. This wine will age beautifully over the next 4-5 years.
POS Documents (shelf talkers, case cards, spec sheets, etc.)
33% of the wine has been fermented in FGrench Oak barrel. The rest is stainless steel tank.
Wine Making Notes
Gentle pressing and free run juices create the base of this wine. Traditionally Jip Jip Rocks Chardonnay is a 2/3 blend fermented and matured in stainless steel and 1/3 fermented in French oak, which receives extended lees contact to add texture and complexity to the palate.
Vintage overview: 2016 was a very good season with predominantly mild, dry days. Yields improved slightly on last year and this did result in some excellent parcels of fruit being harvested. Vine-balance was carefully monitored, resulting in fruit that demonstrates the vibrancy and fruit-derived characters that we strive for in our wines.
Region (GI): 100% Padthaway Alcohol: 13% alc/Vol Total Acidity: 6.5 g/L pH: 3.25
"Light yellow. Smoke-accented aromas of poached pear and tangerine, with a gingery note adding lift. Chewy and focused on the palate, offering ripe orchard and citrus fruit flavors, with a buttery nuance emerging as the wine opens in the glass. Finishes supple and spicy, with lingering notes of bitter pear skin and quince. - Josh Raynolds" -Vinous (March 2016), 88 pts
"This 2013 Chardonnay Unoaked is an attractive, Chablis-styled 100% Chardonnay revealing copious aromas of caramelized citrus, nectarines, mangoes and a subtle chalky underpinning that provides minerality. Drink this medium-bodied, well-made Chardonnay over the next several years. - Robert Parker" - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (November 2014), 87 pts
"Interesting aromas of honeycomb, pink peppercorn, pineapple-mango cake and coriander with a tart, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a crisp, tangy passionfruit accented finish. Sassy and flavorful with lively acidity that will play well at the table."
Beverage Testing Institute (November 14th 2011), 90 pts