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. Ripe cassis and black plum fruits on the nose with violets. Varietal fruit-driven palate, with cassis and dark berryfruit and spice flavors. Soft tannins compliment the fruit with mouth-filling generous finish.
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French & American oak has been used sparingly to ensure maximum fruit expression is retained in the final wine.
Wine Making Notes
Our Shiraz is fermented in static fermenters at controlled temperatures to retain the varietal aromatics. Once complete the wine is left for 7–10 days on skins to aide in the extraction of soft fleshy tannins and build wine structure. French and American oak has been used sparingly to ensure maximum fruit expression is retained in the final wine.
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 we strive for in our wines. By all accounts, it was a textbook vintage.
"Deep garnet purple color. Bold aromas of menthol lozenge, chocolate, nougat, honey, blueberry pie and peppercorns with a supple, vibrant fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, pure spicy berry and sandalwood accented finish. A fun, flashy bbq wine."
Beverage Testing Institute (November 14th 2011), 92 pts