Visit the Radford winery you will more than likely be greeted by an animal, be it a cat, a dog or a bird. While their winery resembles a menagerie, they have a vineyard equivalent in the Eden Valley, where, Mataro, Grenache and Alicante grow side-by-side. Rather than taking the easy option and picking and fermenting all at once, each is picked and made separately. The pickers hate it, but it allows winemaker Ben Radford to craft a better wine. His 2009 Menagerie is smoothly textured and tastes of earth, spice and cherries.
This gem of a vineyard, although fairly young by the districts standards (10+ years) continues to amaze us with it’s ability to produce really interesting & fascinating fruit. Working closely with the grower over the past few seasons, has allowed us to have input into growing & pruning techniques to further realise the potential of this eclectic vineyard. The 2010 vintage was a stunner and particularly remarkable for excellent quality reds – an exciting prospect as these wines age. A blend of Mataro (40%), Grenache (30%) Alicante (20%) and Shiraz (10%) has created an earthy spiciness with layers of ripe red berry fruits, particularly morello cherries and hints of cedar and oriental spices.