One of the truly great things about Aussie winemakers – and perhaps McLaren Vale winemakers more than most – is their special ability to take inspiration from the Old World, and then to weave something entirely new from that initial spark, until the resulting wine couldn't possibly have come from anywhere else on earth.
Pioneering vintners, fascinatingly varied terroir, and an attitude towards viticulture which nods at the past then looks solidly towards the future are what makes this part of the world special, and there's always something exciting to discover.
Lately, there's been a lot of buzz surrounding the wines of Old Jarvie, a relatively new name on the McLaren Vale wine scene, but one which is grabbing people's attention with some incredibly good wines and a savvy, striking design team who've carved a hip, contemporary niche for themselves on the market.
Old Jarvie was the nickname of the First Earl of St. Vincent – Admiral John Jervis – whose zest for discovery provides inspiration for vintner Matthew Flinders and his time. There's something quite exploratory about these wines, too; they've gained a great reputation for experimenting with slightly unusual grape varietals for McLaren Vale, including plenty of lesser-known Spanish grapes, which have taken on exciting new characters in the Aussie terroir.
Tempranillo, Garnacha, Monastrell, Mataro, Malbec and more besides sit alongside classic Australian Shiraz grapes in their blends, meaning this winery constantly has a broad and exciting palette to play with, resulting in some seriously tempting bottles.
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