East Coast Wine Trail

East Coast Wine Trail
East Coast Wine Trail

Monday, 25 May 2020

Green credentials important for Redheads wines

Former Nepenthe winemaker Alex Trescowthick is the man leading the Redheads wine movement in the Barossa for an English entrepeneur.

Redheads began in McLaren Vale in 2002, then shared facilities at Tanunda in the Barossa among other places before building its own its own sustainably focused winemaking facility in Angaston. 

The operation - started by British wine businessman Tony Laithwaite of industry powerhouse Direct Wines - aims at making wines with maximum flavour and minimal imprint. There are four ranges: IconNightmareStudio and Winemaker. 

The new winery complex has already picked up several awards. 

"Building the new winery from scratch gave us the opportunity to focus on small-batch premium winemaking, as well as to reduce our carbon footprint, waste and environmental impact." Trescowthick says.

"We also wanted to inspire other wineries and industries to improve how they manage their waste and energy requirements."

The winery - first used for the 2019 vintage - won a "green" award for its water management at the 2019 UK Drinks Business awards. 

New new releases from Redheads include  the 2018 Blue Belle Graciano ($27), made from a relatively rare Italian red grape grown at One Tree Hill. The fruit was originally going to be blended away but its juiciness stood out and it became a varietal.        

The current star in the studio portfolio is the impressively energetic 2019 Rusty Roof Barbera ($27), sourced from Kersbrook in the northern Adelaide Hills. Soft and silky, rich and spicy, this is a serious bargain and has already impressed show judges. 

You can taste through the Redheads pop-up bar at Musque in Tanunda, the Studio Bar cellar door at Angaston (Friday-Sunday) or buy through www.winepeople.com.au.   

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