If you’ve ever met Bress winemaker Adam Marks you will clearly remember and probably have a story or two about antics or racy anecdotes you were subjected to. The winery is based in the Harcourt Valley and embraces the holistic natural farming approach that is biodynamics. The wines are all great, with fruit sourced from all over Australia.
Unoaked and channelling the spirit of the Loire, this has red currants, blue berries and roses with a hint of game. A bit on the simple side but very satisfying to drink. The tannins are soft, the weight is on the lighter side. Do not cellar, just unleash and glug with some manchego cheese or herb sausages.
Harcourt Valley – A particularly cooler part of the Bendigo area in Central Victoria. There have been some splendid and surprisingly elegant wines from this part of the world.
Cabernet Franc – Is actually one of the parents of Cabernet Sauvignon… along with Sauvignon Blanc (oh! The name makes sense now!). It is most famous for being the third most important grape in quality Bordeaux but also excels in the Loire Valley (where it lived before it went to Bordeaux), especially Chinon and Saumur. The wines are bright red in colour, highlight aromatic with raspberries, rose petals, violets along with tobacco, cassis and some herbal elements. The best examples can live as long as any great wine.