What have we been up to

It has been a busy 6 months at Catlin wines and we have been doing a lot of things. At the start of the year, just after vintage finished, I went to the UK to visit some friends and look at the UK market to see what possibilities are around to expand our little brand. It was a good visit with a few meetings and tastings and hopefully set us up into the future in the UK. At the moment we sell wine into Vinoteca and it is certainly worth a visit there next time you are in London. Fabulous restaurants with amazing staff and wine and food. I then went to France and visited Burgundy to catch up with an Aussie who makes wine there - Mark Haisma. If you see his wines, definitely try them. I then went to Coulieau in the South of France to look at a possible project in the years to come - will keep you updated on how this progresses. I am looking at bottling at the moment with some new experimental wines and and a small parcel of Gamay is also on the way. I have also been to Malaysia and I am hoping we can forge some new relationships going forward with some visits hopefully planned again soon. We also participated in Pinot palooza this year which was a hoot and hope to do more of these into the future. For now, it is back to vintage planning as the buds are just starting to burst and the growing season begins. Fingers crossed for a fabulous 2020.

Cheers Darryl

Halliday Wine Companion 2017

halliday 2017After the thrill of our debut as one of the Top 10 Best New Wineries in the 2016 version, we were waiting with some nervous anticipation for the 2017 release. Thankfully, the news was all good with another 5 star rating:

2014 Sauvignon Blanc - 95 points

"Hand-picked, basket-pressed and wild fermented and matured in French oak for 5 months confer the funky nuances of the bouquet and the distinctly edgy complexity of the palate. It all works well, brisk acidity providing a high-tensile backbone." 

2014 Black Label Shiraz - 95 points

"Inherently complex, but it remains accessible. This is a face of Australian red wine it's always a pleasure to encounter. It's ripped with cherry-plum flavour but also carries hints (and louder) of charcuterie, graphite and wood smoke. Tannin seeps slowly from its pores: undergrowth notes rise from its depths. It will develop well, but it's all there to enjoy even now."

2014 Merlot - 95 points

"Hand-picked grapes from a vineyard with a yield of 1 tonne/acre, open fermented, hand plunged, and left on skins for a month before 10 months in used French oak. All this, and the perfect alcohol, has served to produce a wine with delicious cassis fruit, a trace of black olive, and a very appealing juicy mouthfeel."

2014 Riesling - 94 points

"Hand picked, whole bunch pressed and wild fermented. The palate is strongly textured, the chalky flavours sitting alongside apple and lime, the finish firm and dry. Cellaring for 10 + years should define its ultimate scope for improvement."

2015 Chardonnay - 94 points

"Complex. Fine. Flavoursome. In this case a scintillating combination. Chalk, white peach, dry pear and struck match. Spicy oak offers support but little more. The finish doesn't disappoint, but this is one of those 'had me at hello' wines."

2015 Grüner Veltliner - 94 points

"Wild fermented in French oak. Said oak hasn't imparted much flavour (a positive) but it's no doubt contributed to the wine's velvety texture. Indeed this is a lovely wine to have in your mouth; plenty of texture, just enough flavour, and more than a little interest and length."

James Halliday's Wine Companion 2016 Release

Thrilled to receive a 5 star rating in our first entry into the Wine Companion, and to be named as one of the Top 10 best new wineries for the year.

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"Shaw + Smith’s former chief winemaker Darryl Catlin is now at the helm of one of the Adelaide Hills’ most exciting new wine companies. Catlin Wines has emerged with a serious, sensuous portfolio of four crisp whites and beautifully restrained cool climate reds – shiraz and an outstanding montepulciano. He’s also making impressive wines (and ciders) for Sidewood, position Darryl among the state’s smartest cool climate winemakers."

David Sly, James Halliday Wine Companion Magazine (May 2015)

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