McLaren Vale has some of the most variable, ancient and weathered soils on the planet. 19 different soil types have been identified in one of the most detailed soil studies carried out in any wine region. It is for this reason we called this wine ‘Ancient Earth’. It is a single-vineyard Shiraz from the beautiful sweep of vines immediately to the south of our Cellar Door. We call this our ‘Cellar Block’.
Our other vineyards have different soil types but we selected this part of our vineyard to carry the Ancient Earth mantle as it makes the quintessential McLaren Vale style of Shiraz. So what’s special about the earth? The earth is known locally as ‘Biscay soil’. It is also referred to as ‘self-mulching black cracking clay’ and these soils have unique properties. Slow to wet, they can tightly hold a large volumes of water. Unfortunately the soil is not so generous in giving the vines access to this moisture so in heatwave conditions the vines can stress quite quickly. The fruit therefore needs to be watched and managed very carefully as it ripens. On the other hand, correctly managed, the resulting wine can be quite magnificent. Shiraz thrives here and can produce fruit with great fragrance and power, but a structure which guarantees ageing potential.
Since the Cellar Block is our signature vineyard we have worked hard over several years now to ensure the consistency of this block. With careful management of the cover crop on the soil, adjustments to the irrigation regime, and correctly managed pruning to even out the distribution of shoots and fruit, we now have the vineyard working at its optimum for quality.
We want the ancient earth of the Cellar Block doing the talking so we do not intervene much in the winemaking process. Simple de- stemming leads to a gentle, whole berry, warm fermentation. Running to barrel follows within a few days of pressing. We give ‘Ancient Earth’ time in some of our best barrels.
Deep, deep, purple-red This wine has a track record of rewarding cellaring for at least 10 years.
Bouquet & Palate
In this young wine we see the powerful fragrance and flavour of the site, the terroir: liquorice, fruit-cake, blackberries, and dark chocolate. It is quintessentially varietal and regional. Its savoury tannic structure and lively acidity offer longevity. It is fair to call it robust – even slightly rustic - but showing great harmony or balance - just that it has a distinctive structure and mouth-feel, something that we see year in, year out.
Ancient Earth is made in extremely small quantities each year, only 3,240 bottles in 2012, and is consistently one of our super premium offerings.
"This was a collaboration wine in the truest sense. It was our first go at a low alcohol, off-dry wine and we are amazed at the outcome. After being handpicked and whole bunch pressed, the clear juice was fermented at low temperatures before being arrested prior to dryness at which point we had arrived at the perfect balance between natural acidity and sweetness."
Pair with Asian foods and with cheese and fruit platters. Best consumed nice and cold during the summer months. This wine doubles up as a starter and a finisher to a long lazy meal. For something a little different, try adding ice cubes and a couple of mint leaves. Bellissimo!
Excitement levels high are high at Wine Brothers HQ for this wine! This wine oooooozes summer (AKA Hong Kong for 10 months of the year). Sweet, spritzy and loads of fun.
Chances are this wine is not similar to anything you currently drink (hold on, don't stop reading now just yet, just because it's different, it does not make it wrong...).The naturally occurring spritz and sweetness in this Australian white wine are enhanced by the refreshing crisp acidity on the palate. Moscato is a wonderful anytime-in-summer drink and accompanies fresh fruits and desserts very well.
FROM THE WINEMAKER
The spritz and the sweetness are both naturally occurring in this wine. After harvesting, crushing and pressing, the juice ferments. This fermentation is carried out by yeast that consumes the sugar and produces alcohol and carbon dioxide gas. The ferment is then stopped just over half way through, and kept really cold. By doing this, some of the sugar remains, the wine is low in alcohol and lots of carbon dioxide is produced.
Our Rutherglen region Moscato is a cheeky alternative to Sparkling Wine or Champagne as an apperitif, and is the perfect partner to lightly spiced dishes. With wonderful sweet grapey flavour it is best to drink whilst spritzy and young. It is also the perfect partner to light blue cheese styles.
JC SCORE 8/10
A great wine for what it was intended for. Low-fizz, low alcohol white wine has its place. Moscato has its place. Will be enjoyed by those that like this style - go your hardest.View full product details
Oozing sunshine and afternoon fun, this particularly crisp rosé belongs in your every-day fridge (and not just a bar fridge). A very contemporary drop that calls for spontaneity with mates.
FROM THE WINEMAKER
A modern, fresh and vibrant wine, this Rosé has avours of strawberries, raspberries and summer fruits. Throw in an ice bucket to drink chilled for a crisp dry finish.
Sam Atkins - Owner
Serve with Thai beef salad or grilled meats and potatoes with tarragon.
WB SCORE 8.5/10
The team at 5OS rarely, if ever, let us down. They love pushing the boundaries and putting together a portfolio of unique wines. This wine is unique enough in conception (a kitchen sink full of varieties), however, came out the other end with a pretty respectable look about it. Typical 5OS...
FROM THE WINEMAKER
Just starting to look its age, and all the better for it. Musky, Fronti type aromas leap out of the glass, with a hint of aged Riesling character in amongst it all as well. I really like the viscosity of the palate, heaps of texture but there’s a citrus tartness that whips it back into shape just when it feels like it’s about to spread. Can’t imagine this jumps off the shelf, but in fairness it probably should. Should hang in there for a couple more years as well. Nice drink.
Give this wine something with a bit of substance to mix in with. Thinking white fish, maybe chicken.
WB SCORE 8/10
View full product details