Barossa Region, Australia
“My grandparents on both sides and also my parents were grape growers, so my childhood was spent in their vineyards. My parents moved to North Eastern Victoria where my father managed a vineyard for Australia’s then largest family winemakers, Seppelts. In 1965 I followed a natural path and started as a trainee winemaker at Seppelt’s Rutherglen winery.
Robert O’Callaghan (founder/winemaker) is one of the most important figures in contemporary Australian winemaking. He was early to recognise the future of regional definition, the importance of heritage and the conservation of both physical and viticultural resources.
Each vintage when we make our Alicante Bouchet Rosè the skins are not used, so to preserve the Barossa tradition of frugality, we keep these skins to co-ferment with Grenache and Mataro. We pick the Grenache and Mataro at lower sugar levels for this wine, so the grapes are fresh and spicy with good acidity. The addition of the Alicante Bouchet skins to the ferment gives tannin, spice and a vibrant colour to the wine. With its lower alcohol and trademark spiciness, the Frugal Farmer marries so well with a wood fired pizza or your next casual BBQ with friends.