Offer to our 'rusted-on fans' of Bellwether only.
2021 is the best vintage that I have experienced in my career, a perfect year for flowering, fruit set and ripening, wines are perfumed and have beautiful colour density. It encouraged me to do something special.
I tasted through all the wines and put together a blend of the best parcels to make a tiny batch of Cabernet, Shiraz and a small amount of Malbec.
The Cabernet is Coonawarra, and the Shiraz and Malbec from Wrattonbully.
Matured in french oak then bottled into magnum - this wine is special and deserved a label that reflects my life to this point so it has a piece of artwork by Aboriginal artist Corban Clause Williams. Corban is a Manyjilyjarra artist from the Pilbara region who paints with Martumili Artists.
Last year to celebrate my 50th birthday my daughter and I hiked the Larapinta Trail through the Tyurrentye landscape of the Arrernte people. The annual Desert Mob exhibition opened the night we returned to Alice Springs. Corban paints his grandfathers' country - Kaalpa, Well 23, Canning Stock Route. It was serendipity to meet him and realise he painted my favourite painting. I contacted him later to see if I could use it for this wine and he was happy to be involved, I have paid him for the right to use it.
To me a larger bottle was required to do justice to the painting, I hope you love it as much as I do.
I am adopted and have Aboriginal heritage, I have been fortunate to be identified and included in some very special gatherings in my life, my daughter has further links through her father to Bunuba country in the Kimberley of WA. We live on Pinchunga land surrounded by Buandig country. I encourage the wine community to celebrate our love of the land by recognising the 65,000 years of cultural connection to country we have in this amazing country prior to colonisation.