It was the year that preparation met opportunity and in 2012, husband and wife team Adrian and Rebecca Santolin were able to step out independently to do things their way. A relatively young duo in an age old practice, Adrian is head winemaker while wife Rebecca manages the business and creative.
Playing on tradition, Adrian’s winemaking style is focused on minimal intervention in order to showcase the region and variety in its purest form.
“Minimal intervention makes for a complex wine with great finesse. It makes the varietal, regional and vineyard characters of a wine stand out.”
Their ethos is to keep it simple. A great wine starts with great fruit. Sourcing premium, high quality grapes, they do very little to them in the winery in order to maintain the unique vineyard and regional characters of each variety.
Utilising wild fermentation and kept for up to 12 months in a selection of French oak barrels, their small batch, handcrafted wines are all made from select single vineyard sites.
Since their first vintage in 2012, their wines have made an impact on the local and global wine stage. Their 2013 Pinot Noir was awarded 96 points from James Halliday and achieved a gold medal in the 2015 Global Pinot Noir Masters held in the UK.
Their 2013 Chardonnay was awarded 95 points from James Halliday and has received five trophies, including the the trophy for ‘Best International Chardonnay’ at the 2015 Decanter Asia Wine Awards.
Both wines were also selected for Qantas International Business Class in September 2015.
Their 2014 Nero d’Avola was awarded a medallion for Best Italian Varietal at the 2016 Winewise Championships. Continuing success for this variety, their newly released 2015 Nero d’Avola has just scored gold at the Boutique Wine Awards.
Their 2014 Pinot Noir has already won one trophy and three gold medals at recent Australian wine shows.