Barossa grown and crafted with respect to their Italian heritage.
Montepulciano and Sagrantino are indigenous Italian grape varieties grown by two of our local growers on sites specifically chosen within the cooler Eden Valley region of the Barossa.Bottled under our Studium label, our place of discovery, the winemaking techniques utilised are deeply respective of each of the varietal’s origins. The Studium wines are reserved for wine-styles that maybe unconventional in approach or so-called ‘alternate’ varieties that are planted throughout the Barossa and display great potential in our setting. We work with the grower through the growing season to harvest and then carefully craft the wines in the Sons of Eden small batch winery. Available only direct from the winery, these limited quantity wines showcase the great ability of the Barossa to produce world-class wines across a multitude of varieties.
Native to the Adriatic coast of Italy and grown on the shallow red soils of Tim Fechner’s Eden Valley (Moculta sub-region) vineyard. Montepulciano is a late-ripening, thick-skinned variety that in 2018 displayed great balance of flavour, tannin and natural acidity at harvest.The fruit was hand-picked, destemmed with 10% whole bunch clusters, cold soaked for 5 days and naturally fermented for 20 days. Then pressed to 500 litre French Puncheon barrels for 12 months unhindered maturation. Bottled without finings and filtration. 95pts – Wine Orbit (Sam Kim) “This is perfumed and inviting on the nose showing red plum, warm spice, vanilla and cedar notes, followed by a succulent palate that’s silky and lingering. Beautifully framed by chalky tannins, finishing structured and lingering.” – Sam Kim
Native to the Italian landlocked region of Umbria, Sagrantino is grown in the drier, eastern section of Eden Valley (Keyneton sub-region) by Trevor March. The site typically warms slowly after markedly cool nights which leads to a long-slow ripening and late harvest.Heralded for its deep colour and pronounced tannins, the deft winemaking was designed to gently extract both colour and tannin over an extended period of fermentation. The result is a brightly coloured, medium to full bodied wine with vibrant primary fruits balanced with silky tannins and underlying natural acidity. Trophy Best Other Red Variety – Winewise Small Vigneron Awards 2020 Gold Medal – Winewise Small Vigneron Awards 2020 95pts – Wine Orbit (Sam Kim) 92pts – James Suckling (Nick Stock) “This is delivered with a wealth of summer berries and has plenty of fragrance. Really saturated and intense. The palate holds a deeply round mid-section with bold, ripe tannins sweeping through the finish. Impressive.” – Nick Stock