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.
Lifted spice and ripe mulberry/blackberry aromas are complimented with chocolate, cedar and cinnamon on the nose. Well-integrated oak tannin provides flavors of clove and supple texture, which supports the rich plum, blackberry and mocha. The overall structure is supple and generous with fine-grained tannin and a lingering finish.
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aged 13 months in new and older French and American Oak
Wine Making Notes
Fermentation took place over 10 – 12 days in a combination of open and static fermenters. The temperature was closely monitored to ensure the wine retains its natural fruit expression. New and older French and American oak was used for the maturation of selected wine parcels over a period of 13 months. These parcels were put together from our family estate to best demonstrate the depth and character of our fruit, balanced by integrated oak.
Vintage overview: 2016 was a very good season with predominantly mild, dry days. Yields were generally low 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 fruitderived characters that we strive for in our wines.
"Deep ruby. Ripe dark berry and cherry compote aromas convey a vaguely jammy aspect and notes of woodsmoke and candied licorice. Round and expansive on the palate, offering plump blackberry and plum flavors that are sweetened by suggestions of vanilla and mocha. Betrays no tannins on the finish, which lingers with good breadth and persistence and an echo of blackberry preserves. - Josh Raynolds" - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (July / August 2014), 88 pts
"The 2011 Shiraz (100% Shiraz) reveals pure blackberry fruit notes intermixed with camphor, incense, white chocolate and spice. Enjoy it over the next 1-2 years. - Robert Parker" - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (November 2014), 88 pts
"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2010 Shiraz gives pronounced notes of warm blackcurrant, crushed blueberries and black pepper with hints of tar, mocha and loam. Medium to full bodied, it fills the mouth with peppered black berry flavors supported by a medium level of rounded tannins, lively acid and finishing long. Drinking now, it should remain good to 2015.- LPB"
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue#199, February 2012), 89 pts