Alternative Varieties

Malvasia Istriana

Beautiful Malvasia Istriana By Sonya Logan First published in the January/February 2014 issue of the Wine & Viticulture Journal While you’d be hard-pressed to put

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The tempting taste of Trousseau

Smallfry Wines is a partnership in business and life between Suzi Hilder and Wayne Ahrens. Viticulturists bitten by the winemaking bug, the couple acquired a farm in the Barossa Valley which contained an assortment of unidentified varieties including, as they would eventually learn, Trousseau.

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A serendipitous tale of Savagnin in the Adelaide Hills

It all started with a case of mistaken identity, followed by an identity crisis, a struggle to be seen and understood, but ultimately ended happily with an underdog finding a place to put down roots and call home. Whilst this might sound like the plot line of a Hollywood movie, the main character in this story is actually the little-known white variety Savagnin – a master of disguise, until it wasn’t. It’s introduction to Australia is a tale of serendipity and mistaken identity and whilst its eventual identity reveal caused headaches for many in the industry, we will be forever grateful that it found a home in our Western Branch Vineyard in the Adelaide Hills.

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From Pinot G to Picolit

In its homeland in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, in northeast Italy, Picolit is commonly made into a dessert wine either from semi-dried or late-harvested grapes. Kevin McCarthy, who together with his wife Kathleen Quealy pioneered Pinot G in Australia, admits to sipping “a lot” of these dessert wines during his travels across northern Italy while researching local Pinot Grigio production in the late 1990s.

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