Glenlofty’s inspiration is its own terroirs, offering a range of soils and microclimates which echo those of France’s northern Rhone. Glenlofty’s low-yielding 350 acres under vine are producing medium bodied wines, white and red, which combine richness with elegance. The winemaking team’s goals are to realise these potentials, but without slavishly mimicking a Hermitage, a Cote Rotie or a Cornas.
Certainly, Glenlofty wines are all different from those of Barossa, even from those of neighbouring Heathcote. Not surprisingly, you’ll find some family resemblances between Glenlofty and the best of the Pyrenees – Chapoutier, Blue Pyrenees, Taltarni, Mount Avoca, Summerfield, Dalwhinnie.
It will take the world a while to understand how to deal with Glenlofty’s single-vineyard sleeping beauties, but see what you think when you taste what’s in the bottle.
You could say that Sleeping Beauty’s not yet fully awake. But watch this space, as they say.
Like our Chapoutier next-door neighbour, Glenlofty aims for medium bodied reds which marry elegance with structure, length and richness. Great fruit – with premium French oak plus proven talent in viticulture and winemaking- still needs a big smile from Mother Nature.
Yields were very poor in 2011, much reduced by rainy conditions towards vintage time. As a result, we produced no whites at all for commercial release.
Reds were a different story, and our current line-up of 2011 and 2012 vintages has offered outstanding quality, despite small volumes.
Current releases are all medal-winners:
Glenlofty Single-Vineyard Pyrenees 2011 Shiraz. Sold Out
Colour: deep ruby red. Nose: cedar, black fruits, toasty French oak. Palate: rich, ripe blackberries, liquorice, sweet French oak mid-palate, good length, fresh juicy fruit on finish. 14.6% ABV
Glenlofty Single-Vineyard Pyrenees 2011 Shiraz Viognier. RRP $28
Colour: bright ruby red. Nose: fragrant black pepper and black truffle aromatics. Palate: rich dark fruits, medium body, bright, peppery long-finishing minerality. 14.0% ABV
Glenlofty Single-Vineyard Pyrenees 2011 Nebbiolo. RRP $28
Colour: old-brick red with characteristic nebbiolo orange hues. Nose: flowers, red cherries and chocolate with toffee notes. Palate: succulent, medium body, savoury flavours and smooth tannins. 14.4% ABV.
Glenlofty Single-Vineyard Pyrenees 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon. RRP $26
Colour: deep ruby red. Nose: cassis, black olive, hints of fresh herbs. Palate: blackcurrant fruit, fine-grain tannins, a wine of structure and length. 13.8% ABV
Glenlofty Single-Vineyard Pyrenees 2012 Roussanne Marsanne. RRP $28
19% roussanne, 21% marsanne – the reverse of the usual balance, simply reflecting 2012 fruit qualities. Colour: straw yellow, slight hints of green. Nose: fresh pear and rich exotic spices. Palate: fresh pear, guava and honeysuckle, good structure, faint minerality. 14.0% ABV
Glenlofty Single-Vineyard Pyrenees 2012 Chardonnay. Sold Out
Colour: pale straw with slight hint of green. Nose: peach, melon, hints of toasty French oak and fresh brioche. Palate: soft peach fruit, complex with creamy mid-palate, clean finish. ABV 13.8%