THE MYSTERIOUS MR BLACK - THE SOUND OF THE SUN SAUVIGNON BLANC 2020
A miNUTE minerality melded with melon, sliced with seductive stone fruits and a petite pash of pineapple pleasantly pin pricked with passionfruit proudly prancing in a prolonged performance for the palate. This wine is so well balanced.
The fruit for this wine came from an untended vineyard in Seppeltsfield. The vines had not been pruned, watered or sprayed for three years allowing a magnificent canopy to grow which therefore hid the fruit from the blistering sun. The bunches were tiny and excitingly acidic.
ORIGIN Seppeltsfield, Barossa Valley, South Australia
MAKER The Mysterious Mr Black
GRAPES Sauvignon Blanc
Stephen Black, ‘The Mysterious Mr. Black’, with the help of his Conspirators, built this little winery in 1998. It was his idea to produce small batches of high quality wine. The fruit was to be sourced from his long time associates and dyslexic fiends; a macabre menagerie of farmers, philosophers, pharmacists, witchdoctors and warblers.
‘The Conspirators’ are all second and or third generation grape growers. They did and still do, grow grapes for some of the Barossa Valley’s and Australia’s most inspirational wines.
At the time many growers were disgruntled and ‘copping the rough end of the stick’ from the quickly growing Godzilla-like wine companies. So with spit in palm and firm grips, around a fire, drinking red labels, The Mysterious Mr. Black & Conspirators made their deals and decided to start a mutually agreeable winery. The deals that were decided upon on this fateful night are still unknown, some have speculated, but the truth is that we will never know how many lambs, rabbits, cows or children have been traded and eaten in return for grapes and wine. We do have it on good authority that no goats were injured in any part of the winemaking process.