Norfolk Rise is one of South Australia’s best-kept secrets. Flying under the radar for the last few decades, the winery caught the wine-loving public’s eye when their 2015 Shiraz placed 8th in Australia’s “Hot 100 Wines” list. A considerable feat for any new winery, the 2016 vintage topped that success by taking the “Best Shiraz” slot in the 2017 Limestone Coast Wine Show (out-scoring iconic $175+ Shiraz from Wolf Blass and Calabrian). Even better? This is a wine comfortably priced for regular drinking, a real table wine.
A latecomer to the Mount Benson region of the Limestone Coast, Norfolk Rise has become the area’s largest producer. They’ve planted 180 hectares of vineyards growing Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and the highly-praised Shiraz. The cool-climate style of winemaking is driven by the cold maritime winds from the Southern Ocean that blow through the region.
We love this winery’s approach. This is Australian wine for a new age: vibrant and fresh and light on it’s feet, eminently quaffable. That spotlight-stealing Shiraz is a perfect example. It’s a welcome departure from the boozy, jammy, baked valley-floor style broadly exported, a refreshing take that bounces along on bright red fruit, fresh botanicals, and a brambly spice.