Symphonia, Australia

Though planting the likes of Saperavi, Tannat, Petit Manseng, Tempranillo and Albarino in Australia would no longer seem left-field, to have planted them in the 1980s was visionary thinking.

Believing that the cool, alpine-like climate of Victoria’s King Valley were ideal for these varieties, Peter Ried (now retired) set about establishing Symphonia. His vision and belief is continued today by Peter and Suzanne Evans who champion these quirky varieties creating unexpected freshness and an intriguing longevity in the wines proving that Peter really did have immense vision.

Viticulture

The approach and philosphy at Symphonia is about growing the best quality fruit to make the best quality wine. All of the fruit is handpicked, and winemaker Lilian Carter works passionately in the vineyard and winery to ensure only the best grapes are used to produce the best quality wine. The 60 ha vineyard is near Myrrhee in Victoria's King Valley which has the soils and climate to ensure these more unusual varieties excel.

Winemaking

Gentle pressing and simple cool fermentations, often with lees contact for the whites and barrel aging for the reds to give texture and complexity to the wine.