Morambro Creek, Australia

March 23, 2013

Since 1851 five generations of the Bryson family have been involved in agriculture and the unique and fertile land in South Australia. Our vineyards at Padthaway 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 we 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.

David oversees every aspect of the business, from winemaking, packaging, stock control, to national and international distribution, sales and marketing. David’s knowledge and skills come from a successful 21 year career in Banking & Finance.

Andrew, our resident viticulturalist, grew up on the family property at Padthaway and was instrumental in setting up the 210 acre Morambro Creek Vineyard in 1994 with the help of other family members. Andrew is the Senior Viticulturalist and has completed a diploma in Agriculture at Roseworthy College, a certificate in viticulture and contributes to a number of industry organizations.

Paul is our resident grazier and agriculturalist, grew up on the family property at Padthaway. Paul manages the families other 210 acre estate vineyard as well as running cattle and cropping operations. He has completed a certificate in viticulture together with several other industry certificates.

The family employs the specialized services of Ben Riggs who has had 21 years of wine making experience, with 14 years being at Wirra Wirra where he made such great wines as RSW Shiraz and Angelus, which are without doubt Australian benchmark wines. Now with his own label Mr. Riggs, and the Galvanized Wine Group. Ben has also presided over 8 international vintages in countries such as USA (Napa Valley), France (Bordeaux and Southern France), Greece and Italy. His extensive experience with a broad range of wine styles gives Ben the unique position of being a true Master Winemaker.

Mt. Monster Chardonnay

Vintage 2010 — $13.95
Australia, Padthaway

Varietal(s): 100% Chardonnay

Vineyards and Winemaking: Gentle pressing and free run juices create the base of this wine. Traditionally fermented and matured in stainless steel at between 12 and 14-degree celcius to ensure vibrancy of fruit, a small portion receives extended lees contact to add texture and complexity to the palate.

Tasting Notes: Bright straw color, with lime green hue. Aromas of melon, peach and citrus fruit. Similar flavours on the palette with a crisp finish. Although it may benefit from 2+ years maturation in bottle, this wine is best consumed when young and fresh.

Food Pairing: This refreshing white wine is ideal for spring and summer al fresco dining with fruity salads, Niçoise Salad and fresh seafood like trout and prawns and scallops.

Jip Jip Rocks Unoaked Chardonnay

Vintage 2011 — $14.95
Australia, Padthaway

Varietal(s): 100% Chardonnay

Vineyards and Winemaking: Our pursuit of great wine can also be seen in the meticulous management of our vineyard. We strive for low crop yields and small grape bunches of intense flavor, and whilst we employ the latest technology in the vineyard to help us achieve vine balance and reduced vigor, we harvest when the fruit reaches full flavor development.

Jip Jip Rocks wine is synonymous with premium wines from South Australia’s Padthaway wine region being awarded over 80 medals in International and Australian Wine shows in recent years. Our vineyards at Padthaway are planted on their own rootstock in some of the world’s oldest mineral rich soils and in the most temperate of maritime climates. The Jip Jip Rocks vineyard consistently produces excellent fruit quality from low yielding vines.

Gentle pressing and free run juices create the base of this wine. Traditionally Jip Jip Rocks Chardonnay is a 2/3 blend fermented and matured in stainless steel and 1/3 fermented in stainless steel which receives extended lees contact to add texture and complexity to the palate.

Tasting Notes: Light yellow with a pale straw hue. A lifted nose of citrus fresh stone fruit characters and melon. The palate is clean and fresh, subtle lees characters, is quite fruit derived and has great poise.

Food Pairing: This easy drinking chardonnay pairs well with appetizers, salads and seafood.

Jip Jip Rocks Shiraz

Vintage 2010 — $14.95
Australia, Padthaway

Varietal(s): 100% Shiraz

Vineyards and Winemaking: Fermentation took place over 10 – 12 days in a combination of open and static fermenters. The temperature was closely monitored to ensure the wine retains its natural fruit expression. New and older French and American oak was used for the maturation of selected wine parcels over a period of 13 months. These parcels were put together from our family estate to best demonstrate the depth and character of our fruit, balanced by integrated oak.

Tasting Notes: Lifted spice and ripe mulberry/blackberry aromas are complimented with chocolate, cedar and cinnamon on the nose. Well-integrated oak tannin provides flavors of clove and supple texture, which supports the rich plum, blackberry and mocha. The overall structure is supple and generous with fine-grained tannin and a lingering finish.

Food Pairing: Enjoy with grilled burgers or barbecue.

Morambro Creek Padthaway Shiraz

Vintage 2010 — $21.95
Australia, Padthaway

Varietal(s): 100% Shiraz

Vineyards and Winemaking: Winemaking at Morambro Creek is very traditional and labor intensive. Oak maturation takes place using 35-40% new barrels both French and American. In good cellars, Morambro Creek Shiraz can age for anywhere from 7 to 10 years. This blend was put together using select barrels from our family estate that best demonstrate the intensity of our fruit balanced by integrated oak.

Tasting Notes: Deep inky black & purple in color. The nose is perfumed with violet, blackberry, vanilla and spice with a touch of earth and liquorice over white pepper in the background. Expansive palate, smooth lush ripe back fruits nicely balanced oak, plenty of concentration with a long finish.

Food Pairing: An excellent match for grilled ribs, sausages, and lamb.

Morambro Creek Padthaway Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage 2010 — $21.95
Australia, Padthaway

Vineyards and Winemaking: Winemaking at Morambro Creek is very traditional and labor intensive. Oak maturation takes place using 35-40% new barrels both French and American. In good cellars, Morambro Creek Cabernet Sauvignon can age for anywhere from 7 to 10 years. This blend was put together using select barrels from our family estate that best demonstrate the intensity of our fruit balanced by integrated oak.

Tasting Notes: Deep purple in color. A rich elegant nose of cassis with overtones of vanilla and coffee. Lush, ripe palate dominated by black fruits, cherry and chocolate. Full bodied with savory, integrated fruit tannins and persistent finish.

Food Pairing: Ribs, Steaks, Slow-cooked Meat Dishes.