This is one of Hannah’s all time favourite wines. A beautiful Aussie Pinot Noir that has an analogue quality- like an old film camera- it’s so wonderfully pure! The story behind these guys is incredible; they’ve battled not only a global pandemic but also the devastating wild fires which destoryed their winery at teh beginning of 2020. However, David and his team were determined to make a come back. A final note, before each wine is released, they open and enjoy it with their close friends. That experience is then condensed in to three words before David’s wife creates the wonderful labels from the experience and the three words.
Adelaide Hills, South Australia.
Organic practice, minimal intervention, wild yeast fermentation, low sulphur- 86mg/l, vegan/veggie.
Vinteloper are the ring leaders of grown-up fun. The wines are fun on the outisde, thanks to David’s wife Sharon’s eye- popping artistry, and serious inside the bottle, David crafting by hand, and foot, wines that reverberate and are pure . Known as Pinot Professionals, Vinteloper have won the Pinot Palooza People’s Choice award twice [’15 & ’16] and finished runner up twice [’14 & ’17] for the best Pinot Noir in Australia. They have the classics nailed, from the irstupendous pair of Pinots to elegant, cool- climate Shiraz, all while remaining one of Australia’s most experimental producers.
David Bowley created Vinteloper in 2008 and spent a decade sourcing grapes across South Australia and farther afield while renting cellar space and popping up in temporary urban wineries in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney (the legendary Urban Winery Project). Firmly established as one of the country’s leading young lights, in 2018 finally Vinteloper found a home of its own in Cudlee Creek, only for the vineyard to be decimated in the December 2019 bushfires. The rebuild has already begun and David and his team including winemaker Alyson Tannenbaum – shortlisted for the 2020 Young Gun of Wine – are determined to return better than ever.
Single vineyard in Lenswood, Adelaide Hills, on a gentle slope with an easterly aspect. Clone D5V12 grown by Peter Leske at Revenir.
Harvested on 18th March 2020, de-stemmed and wild fermented. Matured in French oak barrels (20% new) for 11 months then bottled unfined and unfiltered. It had been on skins for a total of 10 days with 20% whole bunches. Wild ferment.
Cherries, rose petal, Turkish delight and freshly turned earth. It’s lean but complex like Pinot should be. Aromatics scream Pinot Noir and on the palate is a wonderfully tense tannin profile backed by dried herb, ground cinnamon and wood smoke. Pure in feel, there’s some life ahead for the patient.
The importer describes it as an ‘analogue wine. A classic car. Sometimes true beauty exists in a lack of technology. When it comes to Pinot Noir this concept rings true. Like your favourite song, played off 12″ vinyl, there’s romance and joy inside the bottle’ and we’d have to agree.
Fantastic with duck, game and poultry but also great as a light red that’s still classy and enjoyed on it’s own with good friends.