2017 Vintage

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Road Trip Rose 2017
Since we started Small Change Wines in 2013 we have been steadily growing our range of wines and when the opportunity came up to buy some Geelong Shiraz in the Moorabool Valley sub-region in 2017 we couldn't resist a Winemaking Road Trip. We covered some km's the weekend of March 18th and 19th, travelling from Adelaide to Healesville to Beechworth and finally down to Geelong where we hand-picked the Shiraz grapes for the Rosé with the help of some wonderful friends on a beautiful Sunday morning. 
The other component in the Road Trip Rosé is Beechworth Sangiovese which we "bled" off after crushing - a process which gave us some delicious Rosé juice while also firming up the tannins for the dry red wine we made which is currently in barrel to be released later in 2018. The French term for this process is "saignee" and the combination of hand-picking the Shiraz at early ripeness to preserve the lovely fresh acidity and bleeding off the riper Sangiovese to add extra flavour and texture has worked a treat.

We both love road trips and enjoyed many great adventures together in the van featured in the artwork - Dusty, a 1986 Nissan Urvan now "retired" on Kangaroo Island. (Two of the most memorable road trips we took together in Dusty include Melbourne to Ceduna for the total solar eclipse in 2002 and Melbourne to Sydney to see The Boss rock out the SCG in 2003.)

The artwork is by Adelaide artist Casey Cumming whose work you may recognize from her collaborations with Shit Adelaide, Three D Radio or any number of Adelaide bands (www.caseycillustration.com)

After selling most of our Road Trip Rosé 2017 to our mailing list customers the only place you can now find it is the wonderful Wheatsheaf Hotel - 39 George St Thebarton SA.
2016 Vintage
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Small Change White 2016

As in previous years, the 2016 version is made from Langhorne Creek Verdelho with a dash of Adelaide Hills Traminer, hand-picked and fermented in the same little tank we've used for the past four years. It's the most elegant and refined of our Small Change White releases to date - crisp, fresh and citrussy with beautiful natural acidity and texture built over four months of regular lees-stirring in tank.

An ideal picnic and beach companion with fish and chips and goat's cheese and snow peas and one-hand-one-bounce.








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Small Change Red 2016 

This is a similar blend to the 2015 red - Langhorne Creek Cabernet Franc with Clare Valley Malbec and Merlot. It's more elegant and less boisterous than the previous three vintage releases but follows a lineage of red wines made for early drinking.

Open-fermented with gentle pump overs then aged in old barriques for 7 months it's fruit-forward in a cherries and berries kind of way with a nice lick of tannin from the Malbec.

Think pizza and pasta with pals or meeting in the front bar for Pub Quiz Night.




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 Small Change Chardonnay 2016 - Woori Yallock, Yarra Valley

We both love Chardonnay and when the opportunity came up to buy some fruit from Mac Forbes' Woori Yallock vineyard (one of Australia's outstanding Chardonnay sites) we couldn't pass it up. We wanted to make a wine that was rich and textural, barrel fermented with full malolactic fermentation to build roundness and beautiful natural acidity to balance it out. We couldn't be happier with the results.

One of the barrels was new (named David Bowie) with Gus and Bessie (the other two barrels) older. After hand-picking, crushing and settling we racked to barrel for fermentation with lees-stirring every three weeks. We bottled it in March 2017, a year after it was picked. It shows beautiful stone-fruit aromas and flavours in the apricot and peach zone (it tasted just like apricot nectar as juice after crushing) with zesty acidity supporting these richer notes.

714 bottles were made.


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