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 inky black & purple in color. The nose is perfumed with lifted mint, blueberry, vanilla and spice with a touch of liquorice and white pepper in the background. Expansive palate, smooth lush ripe blue-black fruits, nicely balanced oak, plenty of concentration with a long finish.
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Winemaking at Morambro Creek is very traditional and labor intensive. Oak maturation takes place using 35% new barrels both French and American. This blend was put together using select barrels from our family estate that best demonstrate the intensity of our fruit balanced by integrated oak.
Vintage Overview: 2012 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 fruit-derived characters that Morambro Creek strives for in their wines.
Excellent with barbecued pork, beef, and venison, as well as grilled vegetables.
2013 Morambro Creek Padthaway Shiraz - 95 PTS - Australian Wine Showcase
2013 Morambro Creek Padthaway Shiraz - 91 PTS - VINOUS
"(aged in 35% new French and American oak barriques): Dark purple. Deeply pitched black and blue fruits on the perfumed, spice-accented nose, with suggestions of vanilla and mocha emerging with air. Round, sweet and expansive, offering sappy blueberry and cherry compote flavors and a strong jolt of violet pastille. A licorice note appears on the very long, subtly tannic finish, with the spice and floral notes echoing emphatically. - Josh Raynolds" - Vinous (March 2016), 91 pts
2012 Morambro Creek Padthaway Shiraz - 95 PTS - AWC
"Good color; an opulent, medium to full bodied wine a wash with black fruits, spices, fruitcake and well integrated oak; the tannins, too, play a positive role in a wine with a long future. Drink to: 2032. - James Halliday" - Australian Wine Companion (2016 Edition), 95 pts
2012 Morambro Creek Padthaway Shiraz - 93 PTS - WS
"This fresh and inviting red is juicy and dense, offering raspberry, cherry, clotted cream and spice flavors that persist against the polished tannins. This has intensity without weight, finishing with focus and deft balance. Drink now through 2025. 500 cases made. –HS" - Wine Spectator (August 31st 2014), 93 pts
2009 Morambro Creek Padthaway Shiraz - 96 PTS - BTI
"Garnet black color. Rich melted toffee, strawberry-raspberry pie, watermelon gelato, honeycomb, and clay aromas are inviting with a satiny fruity medium-to-full body and a long, tangy pomegranate, tomato, praline, sour cherry, and passionfruit finish. A sensationally delicious shiraz that hits all of the high notes with complexity, power and finesse."
Beverage Testing Institute (November 14th 2011), 96 pts
2012 Morambro Creek Padthaway Shiraz - 91 PTS - IWC
"Inky purple. Powerful blueberry, cassis, licorice and dark chocolate on the deeply perfumed nose. Broad and sweet on the palate, with potent dark fruit liqueur and floral pastille flavors accompanied by suggestions of olive paste and black pepper. Finishes with smooth tannins and very good length, leaving behind notes of blueberry, violet and smoke. -JR" - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (July / August 2014), 91 pts