South Australia

Proprietor: TOM SHOBBROOK
Year of Establishment: 1997
Size of Estate: 21 hecatares with 9 hectares planted as vineyard
Av. bottles/annum: 75,000

Website: www.shobbrookwines.com.au

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Tom Shobbrook makes wine in one of the most traditional of Australian wine regions, the Barossa Valley, in a way that shares more in common with European traditions than it does to those of his next-door neighbours.

 

He's a winemaker who lives by the mantra of ‘nothing added, nothing taken away.’ The only additions you’ll find in his wines are small amounts of SO2 added just prior to bottling.

 

Tom’s winery is situated on the family farm in Seppeltsfield. The estate vineyards are run organically although the family are not planning to seek certification. Other fruit is bought in from like-minded local growers, with organic methods being mandatory.

 


 

VINES

SHOBBROOK

Size
9 hectares
% of your production
75%
Owned
Harvested by hand
Irrigated
Soil/s
Terra Rossa, sedimentary loam with deep gravel
Varieties planted
Syrah, Merlot, Mourvedre
Training system
Barossa Sprawl
Fertilizer
Biodynamic preparations, seaweed and orange extract
Pest control
Geese, eco card
Weed control
Mechanical and sheep
When was it converted to natural farming
2008

 

SMALL FRY

Size
2 hecatares
% of your production
10%
Buying fruit from
Harvested by hand
Irrigated
Soil/s
Alluvial
Varieties planted
Cinsault, Carignan, Semillon
Training system
Barossa sprawl and bush vines
Fertilizer
Biodynamic preparations, manure, and seaweed
Pest control
Sulphur, milk products
Weed control
Mechanical
When was it converted to natural farming
2009

 

SMALL FRY - EDEN VALLEY

Size
1 hectare
% of your production
5%
Buying fruit from
Harvested by hand
Irrigated
Soil/s
Loam over clay
Varieties planted
Riesling
Training system
Barossa sprawl
Fertilizer
Biodynamic preparations, and seaweed
Pest control
Sulphur, milk products
Weed control
Mechanical
When was it converted to natural farming
2009

 

DAVID NELDNER

Size
1 hectare
% of your production
5%
Buying fruit from
Harvested by hand
Irrigated
Soil/s
Alluvial
Varieties planted
Semillion, Chenin Blanc
Training system
Barossa sprawl
Fertilizer
Green manure
Pest control
Copper and Sulphur
Weed control
Mechanical
When was it converted to natural farming
2005

 

JEFF TRAIGER

Size
1 hectare
% of your production
5%
 Buying fruit from
Harvested by hand
Irrigated
Soil/s
Alluvial
Varieties planted
Grenache
Training system
Barossa sprawl
Fertilizer
Green manure
Pest control
Copper and sulphur
Weed control
Mechanical
When was it converted to natural farming
From beginning

 

TUNNEL HILL

Size
1 hectare
% of your production
5%
Buying fruit from
Harvested by hand
Irrigated
Soil/s
Loam over clay
Varieties planted
Sauvignon blanc
Training system
Vertical shoot positioning
Fertilizer
none
Pest control
Copper and sulphur
Weed control
None
When was it converted to natural farming
2010

 

COMMUNE OF BUTTONS - adelaide hills

Size
0.1 hectares
% of your production
0.5%
Buying fruit from
Harvested by hand
Irrigated
Soil/s
Red clay over sandstone
Varieties planted
Nebbiolo
Training system
Vertical shoot positioning
Fertilizer
none
Pest control
Sulphur
Weed control
Mechanical
When was it converted to natural farming
2013

 

 
 

Wines

SAMMION

2015
Variety
SEMILLION
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Smallfry
Days of skin contact
12 days
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
12 days in stainless steel and 10 months in 3,000 Lt barrels.
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
20ppm

CHENIN

2015
Variety/ies
Chenin Blanc
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
David Neldner
Days of skin contact
12 days
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
10 months in 2,250 Lt barrels
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
20ppm

GIALLO

2015
Variety/ies
Sauvignon Blanc
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Tunnel Hill
Days of skin contact
6 weeks
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
9 months in 2,250 Lt barrels
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
25ppm

TOMMY RUFF

2014
Variety/ies
Syrah, mouvedre
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Shobbrook
Days of skin contact
4 weeks
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
Barrels for 9 months
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
25ppm