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.
Deep purple in color. A rich elegant nose of cassis with overtones of vanilla and coffee. Lush, ripe palate dominated by black fruits, cherry and chocolate. Full bodied with savory, integrated fruit tannins and persistent finish.
POS Documents (shelf talkers, case cards, spec sheets, etc.)
2013 Morambro Creek Cabernet Sauvignon - 91 PTS - VINOUS
"(35% new French oak barriques): Opaque ruby. Ripe cherry and cassis aromas are complemented by notes of licorice, candied flowers and cured tobacco. Offers an array of black and blue fruit flavors that are lifted and sharpened by juicy acidity and a smoky mineral quality. Finishes on a sweet note of vanilla, with very good energy, building tannins and lingering smokiness. - Josh Raynolds" - Vinous (March 2016), 91 pts
2008 Morambro Creek Cabernet Sauvignon - 90 PTS - WE
"Solid, workmanlike Shiraz, offering a mélange of caramelized berries, tobacco and cassis. Seems warm but at the same time slightly austere, making it a good candidate to partner grilled steak. Drink now."
2012 Morambro Creek Cabernet Sauvignon - 90 PTS - IWC
"Inky ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of blackberry, cassis, violet and licorice. On the palate, dense, smoke-tinged flavors of bitter cherry and blackberry are complicated by hints of peppery spice, cocoa powder and licorice. Finishes gently tannic and long, with a subtle oaky element. -JR" - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (July / August 2014), 90 pts