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Father and son duo launch a ‘Super Tuscan’ blend

By Stephanie Timotheou, Grapegrower & Winemaker

John Leyshon, boutique winemaker and Canberra District Wine Industry Association president, has released a new label which takes its name from the street where his family grew up and where the winery and vineyards are located.

Leyshon has been involved in the Canberra District wine industry since 1997 as a partner and winemaker at Little Bridge Wines, but has been working on the Mallaluka label and range of wines with his son across the past 12 months.

The 2013 Mallaluka Cabernet/Shiraz/Sangiovese blend takes inspiration from Leyshon's 2008 visit to Tuscany. “I have long been a lover of Chianti and planted five rows of Sangiovese among the Cabernet, Shiraz and other varieties when I set up the vineyard in 2004,” he said. “While in Chianti I tasted a variety of the so-called ‘Super Tuscans’ and found many of them to be excellent wines, so I planned to experiment with my own.

“Sam and I decided to experiment with Cabernet as part of the blend with Shiraz and Sangiovese — and after countless combinations we decided on equal parts of each variety.”

Leyshon said the Canberra District was producing some great Sangiovese.

“The variety does very well here and more plantings and graftings of this variety are happening in the district. It appears the wine drinking public, particularly the younger and more adventurous ones, are looking for different and interesting wines. Sangiovese is a different and interesting variety in Australia and the ‘Super Tuscan’ blend is showing a great deal of promise.”

This article originally appeared in the October 2014 issue of Grapegrower & Winemaker magazine. To subscribe, visit www.winebiz.com.au/gwm/subscribe.

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