Tatiarra: A Caravan, A Thunderbox & A Dream...
"The Tatiarra wines have the potential, given the creative forces behind them, to be the next Penfolds Grange of Australia"
The original vineyard was established by Bill Hepburn in the early 1990's consisting of 10 acres of low cropping vines. It was a modest start, with borrowed equipment, friendly neighbours and supportive family. Bill spent those early years camped in a caravan, not far from a large gum tree under which he built a ‘thunderbox’ (thus the inspiration for Tatiarra’s flagship wine, the Caravan of Dreams). However, the long cold nights finally got to Bill and he decided it was time to pass the dream on.
What Makes The Trademark Shiraz So Special?
“...AKIN TO YOUR YOUNG LATOUR BEING SOFTENED WITH LE PIN” Garagiste, Seattle
The Tatiarra Trademark Shiraz was created from a desire by winemaker Ben Riggs to produce a new Australian wine icon, which could be compared favourably with other great Australian wine icons such as Penfolds Grange and Henschke Hill of Grace. The rationale was to bring together the juxtaposing qualities of Heathcote Shiraz and McLaren Vale Shiraz which would reflect each region’s terroir in a new and exceptional way.
Each vintage only 4 barrels are produced - consisting of two barrels of the finest Shiraz made by Ben Riggs in McLaren Vale combined with the two finest barrels of Heathcote Shiraz from Tatiarra.
£34.95 per bottle
The Making Of... Cambrian Shiraz
“...IF YOU ARE A CLOS ROUGEARD MEETS LAGREIN MEETS HERMITAGE MEETS 1955 LA MISSION HAUT BRION SORT OF PERSON THEN THIS IS FOR YOU...” Garagiste, Seattle
The Cambrian Shiraz represents a wonderful expression of the Tatiarra Vineyard’s terroir and is a classic, big Heathcote Shiraz. The grapes for this wine are generally cropped at very low yields between 1.5-2 tonnes per acre, producing a wine of immense power and concentration. The wine is matured in predominately new French and American oak casks for approximately 12 months.
£22.50 per bottle
The International Wine Icon
“Taitiarra is one of the most exciting operations in Heathcote. A revelation...”” Garagiste, Seattle
This formidable wine has become an International wine icon, and demand exceeds supply many times over. Stylistically, past vintages have been compared with great vintages of Penfolds Grange. The Caravan of Dreams takes its name from the aspirations of the vineyard’s founder, Bill Hepburn, who in the early 1990’s planted the original Tatiarra block consisting of ten acres of Shiraz vines. The early years of preparing the soil and planting the vineyard were difficult, with the only accommodation on the site being a caravan and a 'thunderbox'. However, when the cold winters in the caravan proved to be a strain on his health Bill Hepburn passed the dream onto Tatiarra. The result is this extraordinary wine. Three pressings are made from the grape skins after the free run juice is allocated for the Cambrian Shiraz. Great care must be taken to ensure that excess tannins and phenolics don't overcome the fruit flavour. The wine is matured in new American oak casks for approximately 12 months.
£44.95 per bottle