A modern, cutting-edge collection of wines - just look at the labels - from the passionate and slightly bonkers trio of Dylan and Justin Fairweather and winemaker Sam Berketa. AB&D was founded in McLaren Vale in 2008 and is unconventional in its approach; there are no ‘regional, varietal or stylistic' boundaries, just great wines from great fruit. The plan is to craft a different wine for every letter of the alphabet - from Apostle (Shiraz-Durif blend) to Zaptung (crown-capped Prosecco). Each wine is unique and has a story and eye-catching label to go with it. A fab collecting of wines that a causing quite a buzz in the wine scene.
The Dead Winemakers Society is our homage to those visionary individuals that carved their path in the wine industry before us. They were the crazy ones, the wildeyed wine poets that had a deep respect for both the land they farmed and the process of guiding the fruit to bottle in the most thoughtful and composed manner possible. Although there have been many who have inspired us through their wines and philosophy, this wine is dedicated to Bartolo Mascarello, a towering figure in Piedmont. Mascarello's traditional approach to winemaking and outspoken views elevated him to cult status – his mantra of “No Barrique, No Berlusconi” echoing through the valleys of the region. So this is for you Bartolo... And of course, you, the wine drinker. We'd like to think we've done you both proud.
Picked off two vineyards in Kuitpo, Adelaide Hills: Christmas Hill and Yacca Paddock. Light red clay soils builds pretty, light aromatics and gentle tannin structure
Grapes are de-stemmed and then undergo whole berry fermentation for three weeks. The wine is matured in 50% old oak plus 50% stainless steel for 18 months.
With a sweetly decomposing autumnal underbrush nose, the wine leads into a palate of ripe bitter cherries with a gently leafy tannic spine. Another deliciously more-ish Italianette varietal from AB&D best served at (drumroll…) tomb temperature.