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Grapes: 75% Sagrantino - 20% Vermentino - 5% Dolcetto
Vineyard: Chalmers' 'Merbein Vineyard' (Murray Darling)
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Yellow/brown loam sand sitting on soft lime
Vine Age: 10-years-old (Sagrantino & Vermentino) – 5years-old (Dolcetto)
Fermentation: Native - stainless steel – bottled at 14 g/L residual sugar and left to finish ferment for two weeks
Skin Contact: 2 hours
Aging: 2 weeks in bottle then disgorged
Total Acidity: 6.5 g/L
Total SO2: 16 ppm
Production: 732 cases
Konpira Maru started, as many great ideas do, as an idea born from two mates having a beer at the pub.
Working in the retail, production and education sectors of the wine industry for many years, we were searching for our own creative outlet. Sharing similar viticultural, winemaking and beer-drinking values, we set out on our vinous journey and from these humble beginnings, produced the first vintage in 2014, which resulted in just 600 bottles.
We set out to make interesting wines with minimal intervention and maximum care. Wines that were full of character, with a focus on affordability and a high-drinkability factor.
Our goal was simple – to produce wines we wanted to drink and to inject a little fun into an industry often accused of taking itself too seriously.
Now we make wine from the South Burnett and Granite Belt regions in Queensland as well as Kilmore in Victoria, with the help of our crew of amazing growers. In 2016, we took on our own Whitlands vineyard, sitting high above the King Valley. Here we farm Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Gris organically on beautiful red soil, surrounded by stunning sub-alpine Eucalypt forest. A magic part of the world.
We hope you love ‘em as much as we do.
Al & Sam.