Our online cellar door is the easiest way to purchase your Smidge Wines. As a first generation winery that creates hand crafted, small batch wines following a 'berry to bottle' philosophy, our wines regularly sell out. So when you find a vintage you like, be sure to grab a few extra bottles!
The GruVe from Smidge Wines was one of the first wines under the Smidge Label. The name comes from Matt and Trish finding their own ‘groove’ – dancing to the beat of their own drum. With the 2016 vintage, although the season was dry and warm, the night time temperatures were often low, which maintained freshness and acidity in many varieties, including Grüner. A much-needed rain at the end of January freshened everything up and many varieties finished ripening well. The 2016 GruVe has been made in a similar fashion to previous vintages, although unlike the 2015, it is dry. Whole bunch pressed, no acid addition, wild yeast fermentation and then 6 months on yeast lees. Bottled mid-October.
The Pedra Branca series celebrates the forces of nature that create things unique and remarkable. This is a project wine where each year, the wines made are different in variety or style to bring out the best in the grapes and the conditions in which they were grown. The wines are made only in small quantities when interesting parcels of fruit are available and are crafted to bring out the best in their natural flavours. This makes them remarkable and highly sought after. 2013 Pedra Branca Barossa Sauvignon Blanc, 94 points, James Halliday
"Remarkably cloudy, fizzy and alive. It attacks with flavour and finishes with it too, though it seems to dip through the middle. Freshness and vigour are the real keys here though whispers of grassy/smoky varietal character don’t hurt."
- Campbell Mattinson, Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2020 90/100
The Smidge Wines Pedra Branca McLaren Vale Grenache 2018 received 91 out of 100 points from Nick Butler at The Real Review, who wrote:
Lifted violets, raspberries and cranberries with dried herbs, oak-spice and blood orange. The initial sip burst with ripe red berry sweetness, which his very quickly tamed by fine-grained tannins and an earthy, graphite-driven underbelly. It speaks as much of vineyard as it does variety. Terrific fruit.
The Pedra Branca series celebrates the forces of nature that create things unique and remarkable. This is a project wine where each year, the wines made are different in variety or style to bring out the best in the grapes and the conditions in which they were grown. The wines are made only in small quantities when interesting parcels of fruit are available and are crafted to bring out the best in their natural flavours. This makes them remarkable and highly sought after.
In the glass, this wine has an alluring black core with a bright magenta rim. The nose is full of inviting raspberries, cassis, spice, with floral notes and grilled meats. The palate has blueberries and cassis, with creamy vanilla notes. Juicy soft tannins carry the fruit to a long delicious finish. This Pedra Branca Separavi by Smidge Wines is juicy and moreish.
The Smidge Wines S celebrates the origin of Smidge with an extremely limited release wine that promises only the best of Barossa Shiraz. Each year, Matt tastes through all the barrels and selects the very best for this flagship wine. The first release was nominated for the George Mackay Trophy as Australia's Best Exported Wine. Smidge S has consistently returned 94+ point wines since Matt created that first vintage back in 2002. In the glass, the ‘S’ has a black core with a deep red rim. There are elegant aromas of red/black fruits and spicy, earthy notes with hints of grilled meats, graphite and controlled oak. On the palate, the fruit continues with rich plums and blueberries with delicate spice and chocolate which all roll onto a juicy palate with fine tannins that go on and on. The elegant bottle with minimalist labelling makes this an attractive and highly desirable gift for those who know their wine and love shiraz.
"This isn't a best barrels series, it's a selection of the barrel from a particular vineyard that most truly reflects the terroir of the vineyard, here 40yo vines on a west-facing slope at 360m grown by six generations, matured in 3yo French barriques for 30 months. Exotic black fruits, spices, licorice aromas and flavours. A full-bodied wine of power and intensity, the tannins akin to built-in cupboards."
- James Halliday Wine Companion
Magic Dirt is one of Australia’s most acclaimed wines and the pinnacle of the Smidge Wines range. Its name reflects one of the great secrets of great winemaking – the quality that the terroir brings to the wine. Each vintage is inspired by the sub-regional terroir of South Australia’s wine regions with all vineyards selected trellised with a single cordon, single catch wire, and planted with the clone 1654. Magic Dirt Menglers Hill Eden Valley Shiraz is the perfect gift for the wine connoisseur or person who appreciates the finer things.
"Deep red clay/loam mottled with small pieces of quartz and ironstone. The wine expands on the back-palate and finish with ripe, persistent tannins. The shape of the wine in the mouth is wider than its Barossa siblings, but not as piercing. Dark chocolate makes a mark, but not to extremes."
- James Halliday Wine Companion