Meet the makers

Adam Bennett, Cormack & Co.

Cormack & Co was established to create modern and expressive range of wines that are a versatile partner with fine food.

Cormack & Co was established to create modern and expressive range of wines that are a versatile partner with fine food.

The spirit of adventure

The label was inspired by an old framed print of a man bravely sailing a yacht in a stiff breeze that always evoked a desire for the freedom of individual endeavour and exploration in nature.

 

The spirit of adventure drives Cormack & Co to explore regions across Australia, finding the synergies between regions and the grape varietals that thrive there.

Wines expressing regional character

The range is crafted to express pure varietal characteristics, speaking loud and clear with a sense of place and provenance. The first vintages focused on Margaret River and Adelaide Hills, bringing those regions’ most successful varietals to life in a range of stylish, flavoursome wines.

 

In Margaret River, the maritime climate is perfectly suited to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (similar conditions to Bordeaux in France). Cormack and Co. create a lusciously flavoursome style along with the region’s classic whites, crisp Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blend and elegant, refined Chardonnay. In certain vintages, there is also an ethereal Pinot Noir with smoky strawberry and cherry characters along with hints of intriguing forest-floor and mushroom complexity.

 

From the cool-climate Adelaide Hills, Cormack & Co. create a fine example of restrained Chardonnay, alive with vibrant citrus and stone fruit characters carried over a fine backbone of acidity and freshness.

 

Cormack & Co. is a great choice for winelovers who appreciate provenance and style, crafted with modern winemaking techniques and expertise for a great price.

Winemaking History

Started studying straight out of school at Adelaide University finishing in 2005. My passion really developed after Uni and once I started in the real world, I was really able to see what it was all about. I’ve had great experiences working in wineries in Long Island New York and in the Rheinhessen in Germany. As for significant milestones, not many, but I am very proud of the recognition Redemption wines are starting to get, as a lot of hard work has gone into the viticulture and winemaking in the last few years.

Wine moment!

1999 Hospice De Beaune, 1er Cru, Cuvee Guigone Du Salins from Burgundy, which I purchased from the region when I visited there in 2008. Probably the first Pinot Noir that really made me stand up and take notice. For me just blew everything else away that night, and there were a few very good wines!

Winemaking Philosophy

1. Go with your gut. A particular wine can be influenced in so many ways by a winemaker, so it’s easy to get distracted by the numerous options at hand. For me the best wines are usually the ones made by your first instincts rather than over-thinking them.

2. Taking the time to smell (yes smell) new barrels, especially when they're being filled with young red or white wine. It is intoxicating!

3. Tasting old wines, and hearing the great stories that go with them.

Winery Background

The mission of Redemption wine is to provide an authentic taste of the Australian experience, to reflect true varietal characteristics of premium cool-climate regions in NSW. While each of the regions featured in the Redemption range are not new to wine (some with a winemaking history dating back to the 1860s), sometimes they have been overlooked in favour of Australia’s better-known regions. With a range of elegant wines, the Redemption range brings these regions to the forefront. The labels feature iconic Australian artworks.

“The best wines are usually the ones made by your first instincts rather than over-thinking them.”