Wet your Whistle

2016 Tally-ho Sauvignon Blanc – Adelaide Hills.

Tally-ho, they cry! The quarry has been detected and the chase begins. A rousing howl of anticipation and intent, used by 18th century horsemen on a fox hunt, Second World War fighter pilots upon sighting the enemy, and now you, raising your first glass to a great night out.

Grapes are harvested at night to keep them cool for delivery to the winery where they are gently pressed.  After cold settling the clear juice is carefully racked to cooled fermentation tanks and inoculated with selected yeasts. Cool fermentation is followed by minimal handling, filtration prior to bottling. The Tomfoolery winemaking philosophy is simple: small parcels of fruit, hand-crafted through a simple and relatively non-interventional approach with the aim to truly reflect the individual characteristics of the vineyard and variety.

Colour: Very pale straw and bright as a button.

Bouquet: Generously aromatic with fresh peas and jasmine florals, and a zesty lime lift.

Palate: Zippy lime and gooseberry fruit with intense minerality on a fresh, light palate, all tied together with crisp natural acidity on a clean, lingering finish.

 

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2016 Fox Whistle Pinot Gris – Eden Valley. (Sold Out)

As cunning as a fox, this little whistle mimics the yelps of wounded prey to lure the hungry Mr Fox into the path of the hunter’s crosshairs. A clever little wine that will put you one step ahead of the competition, however crafty they might be.

Grapes are harvested at night to keep them cool for delivery to the winery where they are gently pressed.  After cold settling the clear juice is carefully racked to cooled fermentation tanks and inoculated with selected yeasts. Cool fermentation is followed by minimal handling, filtration prior to bottling. The Tomfoolery winemaking philosophy is simple: small parcels of fruit, hand-crafted through a simple and relatively non-interventional approach with the aim to truly reflect the individual characteristics of the vineyard and variety.

Colour: Pale straw with just a hint of varietal blush.

Bouquet: Poached pears and frangipane tart with accents of citrus zest.

Palate: Soft and juicy, with nashi pear fruit, lime juice and blanched almonds on a textural, rounded palate balanced by refreshing acidity.

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2016 Trouble and Strife Cabernet Franc Rosé – Barossa Valley

“Here’s a little ditty for chasing tail, which I promise will never fail. It’s not red and not white, she won’t put up a fight, but she may just end up in a veil.”

The Tomfoolery ‘Trouble & Strife’ Cabernet Franc Rose is sourced from a select premium vineyard on the boarders of the two villages of Bethany and Vine Vale in the Barossa Valley. Grown by 6th generational grape growers the Hage family the this flat site is varying depths of sand / sandy loams overlaying red clays and shale and situated at 316 metres above sea level.

The fruit is handpicked at optimum ripeness and flavour profile ensuring overall balance before being gently destemmed to keep as many whole berries as possible and then soaked on skins for 12 to 24 hours, capturing the essence of the fruit but with fine tannins before being gently pressed and fermented.

Colour: An elegantly subtle rose pink.

Bouquet: Grenadine and raspberry aromas with aromatic rosehip high notes and subtle cinnamon spice.

Palate: Crisp, dry and refreshing with wild strawberries, redcurrants and rose petal florals, balanced by juicy acidity and finishing with a hint of vanilla spice. 

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2016 Young Blood Shiraz – Barossa Valley

The old adage, “If youth only knew; if age only could” has been attributed to many great thinkers. With each passing generation, a legacy of wisdom is passed down from the old guard to the next crop; the gift of knowledge from those who know how, to those who can. The Young Blood Shiraz is our dedication to those who paved the way for our future, and our commitment to doing the same when the time comes.

Inspired by the new wave ‘Vino Joven’ wines of the old world, Young Blood Shiraz is released as a cheeky youngster with just a brief barrel maturation to showcase structure and varietal character, while retaining freshness and finesse. The fruit is open fermented utilising native yeasts, with 30% whole bunch in the mix. After 7 days maceration post-ferment, the wine is gently basket pressed and racked to stainless vats (50%) and old French oak hogsheads (50%) for 6 months maturation. Young Blood Shiraz is pure, uncomplicated enjoyment.

Colour: Deep ruby colour with the vibrant pink rim of a fresh young wine.

Bouquet: Spicy bramble and black cherry nose with fresh raspberry top notes.     

Palate: Soft damson plum palate with red berry fruit flavours, bright and juicy on a medium bodied elegant palate. Fine tannins and refreshing balancing acidity finish off this easy drinking wine.

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2016 Young Blood Grenache – Barossa Valley

The old adage, “If youth only knew; if age only could” has been attributed to many great thinkers. With each passing generation, a legacy of wisdom is passed down from the old guard to the next crop; the gift of knowledge from those who know how, to those who can. The Young Blood Shiraz is our dedication to those who paved the way for our future, and our commitment to doing the same when the time comes.

Inspired by the new wave ‘Vino Joven’ wines of the old world, Young Blood Grenache is released as a cheeky youngster with just a brief barrel maturation to showcase structure and varietal character, while retaining freshness and finesse. The fruit is open fermented utilising native yeasts, with 30% whole bunch in the mix. After 7 days maceration post-ferment, the wine is gently basket pressed and racked to stainless vats (50%) and old French oak hogsheads (50%) for 6 months maturation. Young Blood Grenache is pure, uncomplicated enjoyment.

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2016 Son of a Gun Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz – Barossa Valley

This is a dedication to the favourite Barossa blend of the old guns, from their proud sons. The classic Barossa ‘Claret’ is the marrying of our region’s great varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. From an early age we learnt to appreciate and respect this traditional Barossa wine style as a true example of varietal harmony.

The fruit is handpicked at optimum ripeness and flavour profile ensuring overall balance before being gently destemmed to keep as many whole berries and then open fermented for a minimum of five days with the juice being pumped over the skins twice daily to maximize oxygenation and purity of fermentation. Once the wine is dry it is then gently basket pressed minimizing the extraction of harsh extractive tannins.

Matured for 12 months in seasoned French oak barriques.

Colour: Rich purple.

Bouquet: Intense Shiraz brambles with a herbal Cabernet lift.

Palate: We love a good ‘Barossa Claret’, and that’s precisely what we’ve got here. Ripe, supple Shiraz with a lovely Cebernet backbone, satisfyingly full-flavoured. Great with rich gamey flavours – preferably game you’ve shot yourself, of course!

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2016 Burla Negra Tempranillo – Barossa Valley.

Let the skull ‘n’ crossbones fly! Notorious Galician pirate Benito de Soto – one of the most bloodthirsty outlaws of any age – plundered shipping in the Atlantic with his infamous galleon Burla Negra: the “Black Joke” of the seas. The Burla Negra Tempranillo is inspired by de Soto’s Spanish roots and uncompromising attitude.

Tomfoolery wines are made with old world simplicity in a new world of wine. The fruit from our selected vineyards is hand picked and fermented in small open fermenters, which are pumped over by hand twice daily to maximize oxygenation and purity of fermentation. Once the wine is dry it is then gently basket pressed minimizing the extraction of harsh extractive tannins.

Matured for 12 months in seasoned French oak barriques.

Colour: Vibrant ruby.

Aroma: Characteristic cherry aromas with dried herbs.

Palate: This seafarin’ wine fires cannonballs of red cherry fruit across the bow with a herby oak lift before walking the plank of fine acid balanced with rich texture, scuttled with a ballast of grainy tannins. 

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2015 Skullduggery Mataro/Shiraz – Barossa Valley

With devious intentions he bled to discover the secret for which unlocked his favorite blend. The syrup he found divine yet the recipe unknown and despite all skullduggery we would never tell, for old wood is best to burn, old authors to read, old wine to drink and old friends to trust. We now entrust this secret to you, to share with the oldest of friends for years to come. 

The fruit sourced for this special wine come from two premium old vineyard sites in the North Western ranges of the Barossa Valley.

The fruit is hand picked at optimum ripeness and flavour profile ensuring overall balance before being gently destemmed to keep as many whole berries as possible and then open fermented for a minimum of five days with the juice being pumped over the skins twice daily to maximize oxygenation and purity of fermentation. Once the wine is dry it is then gently basket pressed, minimizing the extraction of harsh extractive tannins.

Matured for 18 months in seasoned French oak.

Colour: Almost black with a purple rim.

Aroma: Bold aromas of black olives and ink.

Palate: A dense palate of dark fruits is reined in by refreshing acidity. Savoury, chewy and textural with firm structuring tannin, this is an exercise in power and restraint.

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2015 Black & Blue Shiraz – Barossa Valley

It’s a hard knock life for the underdog, but don’t start bowing your tiny violins just yet. As the vintages roll on, the artisan winemaker gloves up for the proverbial David vs. Goliath, often waking bruised and battered championing scars that would make any prizefighter cringe. But with the willpower to reach the twelfth round of a barnburner comes the drive not just to survive, but go the distance as we won’t be the ones kissing the canvas. Inspired by our Barossan forefathers who never gave in, and always kept off the ropes, always staying true even if slightly black and blue. 

The Tomfoolery ‘Black & Blue’ Shiraz is sourced from a select premium vineyard in the northern sub-region of Ebenezer in the Barossa Valley. Grown by 5th generational grape grower Adrian Hoffmann this site offers soils that are commonly sandy loam over heavy red clay which provide a controlled yet accessible source of water allowing the vines to produce stunning fruit.

The Shiraz (95%) is handpicked at optimum ripeness and flavour profile ensuring overall balance before being gently destemmed to keep as many whole berries as possible and then co-fermented with lightly pressed Viognier (5%) bunches for a minimum of five days with the juice being pumped over the skins twice daily to maximize oxygenation and purity of fermentation. Once the wine is dry it is then gently basket pressed, minimizing the extraction of harsh extractive tannins.

Matured for 18 months in seasoned French oak barriques.

Colour: Black and blue!

Aroma: Big and bold, with a punch of plum pudding, liquorice and caraway seeds, all smothered in bramble jam. 

Palate: Full-bodied, rich and satisfying with ripe plummy fruit and bacon smoke, tightened on the finish by fresh acidity and meaty chunks of firm tannin. 

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2015 Monkey Business Cabernet Franc – Barossa Valley

From stack to stack this young man would swing, from barrel to barrel with toes a curl and unrelenting furl. Lengths of carefully laid stillage ensures his safety as he endeavors to tend his precious store. 

The Tomfoolery ‘Monkey Business’ Cabernet Franc is sourced from a select premium vineyard on the boarders of the two villages of Bethany and Vine Vale in the Barossa Valley. Grown by 6th generational grape growers the Hage family the this flat site is varying depths of sand / sandy loams overlaying red clays and shale and situated at 316 metres above sea level.

The fruit is handpicked at optimum ripeness and flavour profile ensuring overall balance before being gently destemmed to keep as many whole berries as possible and then open fermented for a minimum of five days with the juice being pumped over the skins twice daily to maximize oxygenation and purity of fermentation. Once the wine is dry it is then gently basket pressed minimizing the extraction of harsh extractive tannins.

Matured for 24 months in seasoned French oak barriques.

Colour: Medium purple with a bright rim.

Aroma: Exotic, crunchy dried leaves, camphor chest, spice and a lift of fresh cut grasses. 

Palate: Juicy, ripe dark berries and fruitcake with a tangy acid spike, finishes long with fine but firm tannins and ethereal varietal flavour.

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2014 Dust Up Cabernet Sauvignon – Barossa Valley

Choose your sides lads as there’ll be no fence sitters here. As sleeves are rolled and knuckles are cracked it’s obvious to see no one’s backing down. The two big reds face up, toe to toe, cork to cork, Cabernet and foe the eternal dispute. Who’ll be left standing as the dust settles...

The Tomfoolery ‘Dust Up’ Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from a premium 50 year old vineyard in the sub-region of Seppeltsfield in Barossa Valley. Grown by 6th generational grape growers the Mattschoss family this flat site is predominately alluvial loam and red clay over lime and iron stone and situated at 255 metres above sea level.

The fruit is handpicked at optimum ripeness and flavour profile ensuring overall balance before being gently destemmed to keep as many whole berries as possible and then open fermented for a minimum of five days with the juice being pumped over the skins twice daily to maximize oxygenation and purity of fermentation. Once the wine is dry it is then gently basket pressed, minimizing the extraction of harsh extractive tannins.

Matured for 24 months in Seasoned French Oak Barriques.

Colour: Deep Cabernet purple

Aroma: Rich blackcurrant and liquorice are maturing into Darjeeling and Montecristos. 

Palate: Intense cassis, sweet French oak and dark chocolate vie for attention. Structured with balanced acid and firm but integrated tannins, with spicy herbaceous notes on the lengthy finish.

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2014 Artful Dodger Shiraz – Barossa Valley.

He was a snub-nosed, flat-browed, common-faced boy enough; and as dirty a juvenile as one would wish to see; but he had about him all the airs and manners of a man, void of taking responsibility or consequences of his mis-doing. The master of his surroundings as Shiraz is the master of ours. 

The Tomfoolery ‘Artful Dodger’ Shiraz is sourced from a premium 80 year old vineyard in the sub-region of Seppeltsfield in Barossa Valley. Grown by 6th generation grape growers the Mattschoss family, this flat site is predominately alluvial loam and red clay over lime and iron stone and situated at 255 metres above sea level.

The fruit is handpicked at optimum ripeness and flavour profile ensuring overall balance before being gently destemmed to keep as many whole berries as possible and then open fermented for a minimum of five days with the juice being pumped over the skins twice daily to maximize oxygenation and purity of fermentation. Once the wine is dry it is then gently basket pressed, minimizing the extraction of harsh extractive tannins.

Matured for 24 months in seasoned French oak barriques.

Colour: A core of ruby maturing to brick.

Aroma: Old vine influence shows with satsuma plum and blueberry perfume, wisps of smoke. 

Palate: The palate is full bodied yet elegant, with rich with bramble flavours balanced and sweet spice balanced with refreshing acidity. Soft tannins structure the long, slightly toasty finish.

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