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The name comes from the winemaker's latest venture, the rearing of big black pigs for making his very own version of Iberico bellota ham. Using fruit sourced from his personal contacts in the Clare Valley, winemaker Steve Grimley's team has produced a smooth, mouth-filling wine. A revelation if you're more used to the thumping, ostentatious style typical of the more traditional Aussie fare.
Right from the start, we knew that we weren't happy with the quality of the off-the-peg Aussie brands. Step up Steve Grimley, a visionary young winemaker. We both realised that we'd need to tailor-make wines for Virgin, to get the best from Down Under.
We have now been working with Steve and his Fuse team for more than a decade blending up precisely to our stylistic needs. They have consistently supplied excellent wine with the flavour profiles we have developed together for our customers, from everyday standards right through to the more funky and esoteric. A great partner.
Type: Shiraz / Syrah
A unique parcel, made and blended by Nico Vermuelen, consisting of the fruit of three blocks in Sir Lowry's Pass, Simonsdien and Franschoek. Nico gets us "back to basics" with a well made, fruit-driven, jammy Shiraz.
Type: Grenache / Garnacha blend
Capcanes is a small village in the mountainous countryside south of Barcelona. For centuries growers cultivated grapes on the steep terraces and slopes. The wine style has developed over time, now combining native varietals from very old vines with newly introduced Syrah. The style is a magnificent combo of the venerable and youthful.
Type: Mourvedre / Monastrell
Pacheco Monastrell from Jumilla, in South-eastern Spain inland from Alicante, has a fruitiness and coolness to it and Monastrell is the region's star grape.
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