In August 2014 we released the Vintage 2013 wines to the public. The following wines are now available, in single and mixed packs;
THE STORY SO FAR...
IT’S pretty standard at this point on a winery website to talk about a long-held passion for wine, a romance formed long ago on a honeymoon or post-university trip to Burgundy. I'm meant to tell you I want to make wines that I want to drink, that reflect the place and respect the land. Words like elegance, beauty and nature tend to work well. Maybe a photo of crushed grapes, a vineyard sunset or a close-up of some dirty hands in black and white.
This is all perfectly fine by the way, and Between Five Bells is still many of these things, but it is different to the average Australian winery.
When I first floated the idea with two friends, the wines I was inspired to make came from two fronts. One was the classic field-blend red wines of California, with their flare, deliciousness and wild, rich flavours. And two, (somewhat contradictorily), were the wines of the central and southern Rhone Valley, where, if you look past the big names, reside some of the most natural, rustic, slurpable Shiraz and Grenache based wines anywhere in the world, (think Domaine Gramenon).
These two, (admittedly briefly explained), inspirations took me to Geelong, one of the real marginal climates for growing these varieties well in Australia. It was here I thought I could find a couple of vineyards, some good growers to work with and a small corner of a winery to make them in. That, in a nutshell, is what has happened.
So, the two friends mentioned above, Ray & Josh, are involved and we’ve put three vintages to bed now. In 2010 we were blessed with a solid vintage and produced a tiny amount of one wine, the Red. 2011 was a much trickier, finicky vintage; and whilst patience was strained, we made a lovely Red, a fantastic White and some Rosé. The 2012s look really wonderful; deeply flavoured and very drinkable. The 2013 wines, which are just being released now, are the best we have made.
These are all pure wines; healthy, untampered with and delicious. I’m not sure if we’re changing the face of Australian wine, and I imagine we’ll need to make a lot more to do that, but I’m fairly confident there are few, if any, other wineries that have the same goals as us.