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Smallfry wines is located in Angaston Barossa, southern Australia. They are also very lucky enough to own two very unique vineyards, one is in Eden Valley which has 12 Ha Subregion on the wrong side of the line for High Eden. This vineyard has been established since 1994. An altitude of 450m, home to some of the highest vineyards in Eden Valley. Another vineyard is in Barossa Valley which has 18 Ha Subregion Vine Vale, home to some of the oldest vines in the valley, while this vineyard has been the Schlieb’s family seat for generations, with the last incumbent putting in 52 vintages before hanging up his snips.

Smallfry wines is partnership business and life between Suzi Hilder and Wayne Ahrens. It is also foodies drives their winemaking into a certain path. Natural ferments, from zero to minimal adjustment, old oak a soft hand in the cellar allows vineyard to shine by itself. The style of food friendly.

Smallfry wines also Certified organic and biodynamic farming since April in the year of 2014. Grown biodynamic fruits is the beginning of everything for Smallfry. Most winemakers are practicing minimal intervention techniques nowadays, which allow the nature of vineyard to speak themselves.

Biggest point of difference in Smallfry wines from other Barossa winemaking community is they are relying on wild yeast to conduct primary alcoholic fermentation. Wayne Ahrens, the wine maker believes that using wild yeast ferments obtain different flavour profile, this is primarily due to population dynamics. Besides, it also occurs extracting more fruity flavour profile during the time preferment maceration of skins.

Crushing grapes into a fermenter then later getting in with my bare feet and feeling around for the little warm patches and mixing them into the rest of the must until within a day or two a lovely, healthy, sweet smelling ferment results is a thing of great excitement for me. Which is really what it’s all about. If I can’t offer you something I’m excited about we might as well all pack up, go home and leave it to Jacobs Creek.”

– Wayne Ahrens

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