In 2002 we planted 2 hectares of Tempranillo and 2 hectares of Petit Verdot followed up with 2 hectares of Durif in 2003 and 2 hectares of Viognier in 2004.
We deliberately chose non mainstream varietals to create a vineyard producing wine and blends that fit our brief to be just that little bit different. We also have access to small parcels of much older vine Shiraz only 3kms up the gravel road.
We believe our choice of varieties do and will continue to do well at Rutherglen on our rolling paddocks of pure sand within view of the mighty Murray and are confident after selling our frost, drought and bird affected miniscule 2007 crop to locals we will in future return to our business plan and sell off 75% grapes and make 25% into wine which will be in two distinctly different ranges.
One, to be simple wine made with day to day drinking in mind allowing the wine to make itself without undue crafting. We simply want to show a true varietal character and a unique Trahna flavour. This we believe we have already achieved off quite young vines.
The second is to develop a hand crafted premium wine of straight varietal distinction using the best of oak and guile yet still uniquely Trahna, Rutherglen. The economics of doing so remain locked to our ability to sell our fruit. Our yield is restricted by us to 3 - 3.5 tonne per acre to ensure our desire for fruit flavour not volume.
A Spanish variety grown mostly in the Rioja and the Ribera del Duero regions in Northern and Central Spain. This grape is starting to take hold in Australia with plantings in a number of regions. The colour of this wine is intense, with low acids and low tannins, the flavours match a wide range of foods. Tempranillo has already excelled in sunny Rutherglen
Variety Mantons Creek
The Petit Verdot is the least known and least grown of the Bordeaux red grape varieties. It is losing its popularity in the relatively cool climate of Bordeaux. In Australia it is being planted in the warmer regions where ripening is not a problem. The small berries create wines of intense colour and a full fruit driven middle palate.
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The Durif grape was developed by Dr Durif, a French nurseryman living in the south of France in late 1800's. It did not produce well in the region and was brought to Rutherglen, Australia in 1908 by Francois de Castella an Australian viticulturalist. First thought to be a Syrah grape Durif is now being planted in a number of areas in Australia.
The Rutherglen wine region is famous for its Durif and this one is no exception.
Variety Canes from Campbells Wines Rutherglen
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Originally grown in the Rhone in France this variety was almost extinct by the 1960's, but it is now planted in Languedoc and Ardeche in France as well as Italy, America and Australia. We wanted a white that would grow well in the warm Rutherglen climate and as we are not enamoured with Chardonnay decided it was the perfect choice. Many winemakers are picking their Viognier late in the season and producing a very apricot, lush wine. We prefer to pick a little earlier and keep a crispness to the wine. We hope you like our style as much as we do.