Black Wattle, Mt Benson South Australia
Black Wattle was one of the first vineyards established in the Mount Benson region of South Australia, and remains one of the region’s most highly awarded. Planted in the early 1990s, the wines have amassed an incredible 9 Trophies, 72 Gold medals, 145 Silver medals and 417 Bronze medals since.
As the vineyard ages, Black Wattle’s wines keep getting better and better. In fact, recent vintages have been some of their most successful ever. The 2013 Shiraz and Icon Cabernet both won Gold, while their 2014 Cabernet scooped the pool at the 2016 International Cool Climate wine Show winning a Gold medal and Trophy for the Best Vintage Wine of show.
Rich soil, clean air, pure sunshine
The soils in Mount Benson are similar to neighbouring Coonawarra – red terra rossa loam over free-draining limestone. Black Wattle’s vines are hand pruned and shoot thinned to ensure low yields and consistent fruit quality
One of the keys to Black Wattle’s success is award-winning winemaker Neil Doddridge
In a career spanning more than 40 years, Neil Doddridge has probably lost count of the number of awards and accolades his wines have won. He started working in wine back in 1973 in the lab at Leo Buring with John Vickery and Moss Kaesler. In the early 1980s he worked at Seppelt before starting as a winemaker at legendary Eden Valley producer Mountadam.
Working under owners David and Adam Wynn, Neil helped craft Australia’s best Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. In the ’90s he moved to St Hallett as senior winemaker before starting his love affair with the Limestone Coast in the early 2000s – a relationship that’s still bearing fruit today with the award-winning Black Wattle range.
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