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Tom Shobbrook of Shobbrook Wines specialises in handmade, natural wines.

Tom Shobbrook is a Barossa boy who makes wines in a rather different way to most of the other winemakers there. He picks a tad earlier than most, he makes the wines without too much winery magic and he tries not to extract too much colour and alcohol. His wines are lighter and more elegant as a result. Shobbrook Wines are made from the fruit sourced from his family blocks and the Didi Wines are made from the fruit taken from the vineyards of friends elsewhere in the Barossa and surrounding regions of Adelaide Hills and Eden Valley.

Gourmet Traveller – Wine Australia Medal 2010 Winner – Tom Shobbrook was one of the first to use Magnum ceramic vessels – at his vineyard in the Barossa, South Australia.

We asked Tom for his opinion on using Magnum as a fermentation vessel in comparison to oak and steel.

I find wood provides richness in mid-palette – whereas fermentation in steel is narrower. With Magnum, wine gets less air than wood and more air than steel, as the clay is semi-permeable. Magnum has a nice, gentle and gradual fermentation – the clay produces wine that’s has a lot of width into the back part of the palette.

Magnum’s egg shape has no corners so there’s even fluid movement through the vessel. The shape allows fluid to circulate inside and they are selfcooling – they stand alone – so there’s no need to attach to a cooling system.”

When asked why winemakers should consider using Magnum, Tom replied:

Magnum allows wine to breathe and evolve. It adds diverse complexity to wines. When it comes to blending, you have more options with Magnum eggs. They’re good and work really well. We are really happy with Magnum eggs – we sell everything we produce within three months.

We have many Magnum ceramic vessels and found them easy-to-use with a good lid seal. The resulting wine is fine through the palette with an impressive width on the finish – a distinctive taste, from a beautiful product.

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Shobbrook Wines

Lot 93 Jenke Rd, Seppeltsfield SA 5355
(08) 8563 0168