Introducing Currency Creek
Currency Creek wineries tend to fly under the radar, but its map tells a story of a region that was first explored in the early 1830's, and turned to wine growing in the 1960's. The between years may have seen the rise and fall of various industries, but Currency Creek wines have had a strong presence in the Australian market since Santa Rosa Winery (now Currency Creek Winery) and Middleton Winery first planted noble varieties in the late 1960's.
The region is well placed near the cooling influence of Lake Alexandrina and benefits from proximity to the famed river port town of Goolwa.
Where is Currency Creek?
Many people ask where Currency Creek is, and the answer is simply immediately south of Adelaide. Just under an hour-and-a-half drive from Adelaide CBD, Currency Creek wineries are scattered around the region but readily accessible by car.
Currency Creek Climate
Currency Creek weather is reasonably dependable, and local lore states that there has only been one day of frost and no hail or fog since the inception of the region. The weather is also notable for low rainfall, and though often warm through the growing season, heat is mitigated by closeness to water bodies.
Unique Characteristics of Currency Creek
Currency Creek wines are typically ample in flavour, attain full ripeness and generally represent a fullness on the palate. White wines show fully ripe tropical and stone fruit characters, while reds are at the bolder end of richness in flavour. Currency Creek wines are typically enjoyed in their youth, rather than cellaring for extended periods of time.
Wines to try from Currency Creek
Currency Creek wines are predominately made from red grape varieties and mostly feature Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Wineries working with white grapes focus their major attention on Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The wines are typically fuller flavoured and relatively affordable. While most Currency Creek wineries focus on these noble varieties, there are some producers, like Currency Creek's Vasarelli winery, who are producing wines from ‘other varieties’, including Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese and Vermentino.
While Currency Creek wineries may tend to a breadth of grape varieties, Shiraz is a significant variety for the region. The Shiraz tends to be full figured, flush with dark fruit character, rippling with choc-berry tannins and generally plush and ample in the palate. Blends are increasingly prevalent, with Shiraz Tempranillo a new potential star for select Currency Creek wineries.
Must See Currency Creek Wineries
Currency Creek wineries are fairly low-key affairs, but quality producers have longevity in the region. Noted names include Ballast Stone Estate and Currency Creek Estate. Currency Creek's Vasarelli wines have also made significant headway under the Maria’s Table brand. Also to watch are Currency Creek wines from Salomon Estate and Two Fathoms.
The future of Currency Creek Wine
Currency Creek wineries are at the tipping point of attracting good tourism interest for both natural beauty of the region and quality of wines. Currency Creek’s increasing breadth of wine styles, coupled to the region’s existing reputation for good wines at good prices, will only enhance interest in the region.