Ten Miles East Saperavi 2015 - Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Ten Miles East Saperavi 2015 - Adelaide Hills, South Australia


The Story

Ten Miles East is a small family winery started by winemakers Taiita and James Champniss. Taiita’s family purchased a property in the Norton Summit Valley that was formerly an apple orchard and cider factory and then planted seven different grape varieties in the early 2000s. Taiita and James officially started Ten Miles East in 2013 and currently produce wines from their estate grown fruit from varieties including Arneis, Saperavi, Syrah, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. Since then, they have spent many years carefully taking care of their vines that were specifically chosen to the site’s microclimate and soils. Their winemaking approach is minimal, with as little intervention as possible. The grapes ferment with wild yeast and they let the process take as much time as needed with large amounts of additives avoided. Their wines are made in very small batches with a focus on texture and experimentation. 

M+Q Notes

Originally from the country of Georgia, Saperavi is a dark red grape that got its name from the Georgian word for ‘dye’ because of the deep coloured wines it produces. These grapes were estate grown and spent 12 months in French oak barrels - some new and some old. Aromas of black cherry, violet and black currant with flavours of mulberry, warm spices and chewy tannins.

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