Joe Evans loves to let everyone know that he is the smallest winemaker in the Barossa, but make no mistake – what he lacks in height he more than makes up for in personality, and his wines are certainly some of the biggest in the region! We’ve followed Joe on his winemaking journey from working cellar doors at Rockford and Greenock Creek to launching his own brand with wife Sue in 2005, and the wines are consistently some of the most popular at our many Barossa events. Production is tiny – a few hundred dozen each year, but the wines are intense, and the vineyards maintained immaculately by the winemaker himself. The labels pay tribute to the history of the property, which was formerly the Ballycroft cheesery run by Sue and her sister Tracy up until 2011.
This 100% Mourvedre (or Mataro as it is known in the Barossa) opens out with stellar cherry and blackcurrant nose with hints of allspice. On the palate it’s oozing dark cherry with hints of fennel and vanilla bean from the shaved out American barrels. A medium to solid length which will last for a decade. 165 dozen produced.
93 Points, James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2019
‘Far from a ferrous introverted expression (as mataro can be), this is a large-framed slurpee, oozing dark cherry, sarsaparilla and five-spice. A smooth chassis with plenty of curves but few hard angles. Hints of varietal DNA squirt across some dried tobacco and leather, but in all, this is most about density and the concentration inherent to the Barossa.’
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