Smallfry is the wine label founded in 2005 by viticulturists Suzi Hilder and Wayne Ahrens, both from winemaking/viticultural families and with degrees from Charles Sturt University, one of Australia’s top wine schools. Suzi is the daughter of Richard and Del Hilder, viticulturists from the Upper Hunter Valley, owners of ‘Pyramid Hill Wines’. Wayne is the fifth generation of a winemaking family that has lived in the Barossa Valley for many years, with his great-great-grandfather having arrived in the area in 1837. Both Suzi and Wayne have been ‘bitten by the winemaking bug’ and own two certified organic and biodynamic vineyards in the Barossa and Eden Valleys. They have planted an array of varieties such as Shiraz, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Viognier, Carignan, Cinsault, Graciano and the amazingly named ‘Bastardo.’ They began ‘smallfry’ with a barrel of Cabernet, made mostly for personal drinking, that selection has now grown to over a dozen wines. Their approach is to ‘get out of the bloody way’ and be as minimal in their approach as possible, only crafting the grapes and wine when absolutely necessary. All of the ferments are undertaken using wild yeast naturally present on the grape skins, with sulphur dioxide (a preservative used during and at the end of winemaking) added only when needed.
The ‘Barossa Tangerine Dream’ is an “orange” wine (a white wine fermented on its skins), with citrus peel and spice aromas and flavours - basically a white wine for red drinkers. The ‘Barossa Stella Luna’ is a 60/40 split between Cinsault and Shiraz, the former being popular in the south of France. The wine features aromas of cranberries and blueberries and a light and fresh palate.
For more information on Smallfry and their wines, head to the website.