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TASTING ASSEMBLY WINEMAKER MASTERCLASS with Smallfry Wines

Wayne and son in winery

Smallfry Wines Online Masterclass – SAT 20 JUN – feat. Barossa & Eden Valley, Certified Organic/Biodynamic pioneers. Est. in 2014 by Wayne Aherns + Suzi Hilder, Smallfry Wines was born out of a fascination with wild yeast – working naturally in the cellar as our ancestors did 100 years ago – small-batch, gentle maceration, natural yeasts, foot-stomping, hand plunging – integrating traditional farming with certified organic and BD practices in vineyard and winery.

“It came about not so much as a revelation more so as a slow realisation, one step in the vineyard leads to one step in the winery over more than a decade… We began in 2007, having attended my first workshop, I spread some horn manure at Eden Valley, then two months later we were planting some vines and the fundamental change in soil structure was undeniable, I knew I was onto something straight away.” – Wayne, Rebel Wine Chat.

Join Wayne for an exclusive 1-hour natural and biodynamic wine online masterclass, talking biodynamics and tasting the three-pack:

2019 Smallfry Riesling (Eden Valley, SA – Lime – Lemon – Minerally)
2019 Smallfry Tangerine Dream (Barossa Valley, SA – Orange Peel – Spice – Dry)
2017 Smallfry Barossa Shiraz (Barossa Valley, SA – Spicy – Ripe Plums – Cigar box)

 

Ahrens Family photo on a red truck in the vineyard
Ahrens Family photo

BACKGROUND 

Viticulturists first, partners Wayne Aherns and Suzi Hilder were born into wine. Both have degrees from prestigious CSU – Wayne is a 5th gen Barossa grape grower with 7 vintages at Orlando Wyndham and small Barossa wineries and Suzi is a 2nd gen Hunter Valley grape grower and experienced consultant viticulturist. With their background in conventional (or monocultural) farming, Smallfry is about being grape growers first and getting out of the way – minimal winemaking, natural ferments, nil to minimal adjustment, and old oak – letting the vineyard and vintage speak.

VINEYARDS

Two sites certified biodynamic/organic, two sides of the coin. Vine Vale – an old vineyard on the Barossa Valley floor planted in the 1850s with some vines 160-years-old and diverse old plantings of Mataro, Shiraz, Grenache, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon, Trousseau, Riesling, Semillon, and Pedro Ximenez, with newer plantings of Tempranillo, Marsanne, and Roussanne. Eden Valley – est. 1994 on one of the highest altitude sites in the Eden Valley at 450m, planted to cabernet sauvignon, riesling, shiraz, viognier, Marsanne, Mataro/Monastrell.

Smallfry grenaché vines
Smallfry grenaché vines