Km From Cape Town
Why is this the ideal site to grow Shiraz? The Cutting reveals the unforgiving soil profile, an insight into why our vines have to toil, and how the grapes – and subsequent wines – deliver such intensity of flavour.
Our winemaking technique is simple; an expression of purity of fruit; we hand pick at optimum ripeness, crush, and ferment with a proportion of whole bunches depending on the season.
How are we unique… well, we did it all ourselves. Rod, Judy and Daniel planted The Cutting vineyard in 1998, with the sole purpose of becoming vignerons and supplying quality Shiraz to local wineries. Before long, single vineyard wines from The Cutting vineyard emerged, showing quality that could not be ignored.
Small batch, handmade Barossa shiraz at its finest – a young couple going it alone with their personal consideration about style and tradition resulting in a delicious regional expression. Using fruit from the Stonewell district, there’s an initial attraction of gingerbread spice before you spill headlong into a palate of classicly rich, dense plum/blackberry cast with chalk-dusty tannins. The thrill is how this swells with lovely shiraz sweetness yet is foiled by the faintest bitter chocolate notes. I’m in!
Best with: South American mole pork
One new feature this year was the showcasing of ‘Emerging Winemakers’ – displaying the wines of those who have been doing their own thing for three years or less. It was a real eye-opener, with 21 participants showing their wares, many for the first time. The wines I tried were exceptional. A real standout for me was The Cutting (www.the-cutting.com.au) from the Barossa, located on the way out to Marananga. They are a husband (viticulturist) and wife (winemaker) team, namely Daniel McDonald and Belinda Van Eyssen. They produce just one variety – shiraz – and it’s sensational. Tasting all three of their vintages so far demonstrated that their shiraz is somewhat akin to a steel fist in a velvet glove – very approachable but with an inner core of steel that will see their wine evolve over time into a divine Shiraz.