Pindarie first produced wine under the Pindarie label in 2005. They have 100 acres planted on their 750 acre farm situated on the Barossa Valley’s Western Ridge. Fruit from the Western Ridge inspired the genesis of Spinifex Wines and forms the backbone of JJ Hahn, Murray Street, Kalleske and many other top end Barossa producers besides. Warren Randal of Seppeltsfield fame has also been snapping up vineyards in this part of the Barossa of late.
Tony Brooks from team Pindarie is a 6th generation pastoralist. He restored the stone buildings on site by hand, in the process earning for Pindarie a coveted and difficult to get Barossa Trust Mark…
Viticulturist Wendy Abrahart spent 12 years at Penfolds, becoming their senior viticulturist in the process before setting up and continuing to manage the 100 acre Pindarie vineyard. Much of the fruit is snapped up by Yalumba and features in wines like the Signature and Running with Bulls. Wendy has championed sustainable viticulture, utilising ballerina canopy training to minimise fruit sunburn and allow for good airflow. This cuts down on the need for spraying the vines to prevent problems like mildew and botrytis.
Within the property careful matching of plot and variety to maximise quality has seen an unusual skew of plantings. There are 41 acres of Shiraz, as you might expect, with the balance devoted to Sangiovese (17 acres), Tempranillo (16.5), Cabernet (10) and Montepulciano, planted on some on the stoniest land on the property, (2.5).