Matt Fowles is obsessed with blending wines to complement food. His love of growing, foraging and hunting food has allowed him to craft different wines to complement different types of meat. The Ladies who Shoot their Lunch and Are you Game? Wines are crafted specifically to complement wild game or fowl, preferably that which you secure yourself.
Matt gave up his life as a big city lawyer for making wine in the outback of Strathbogie Ranges. He wanted to live off the land by growing vegetables and hunting wildlife while tending to his family's sheep farm and vineyard.
Fowles winemaking team blends grapes grown in cooler sites to produce a finished wine with more acidity and fragrance to better pair with the intensity of game. They also use different yeast strains and oak barrels, including English oak casks that are large enough for Fowles to stand up inside.
Fowles is obviously quite the humorist, but is serious about his wines. He claims that he is constantly blending different lots of wines to get just the right combination, but all the wines are made from the same varietal. That may sound contradictory, but it's not.
Our selection may be 100% Riesling, but it is a blend of different lots of Riesling grown in different parts of the vineyard, each adding its own personality. That personality is the profound properties of Riesling like apricot, and jasmine wrapped around spice, earth and citrus.