Oxenberry Farm Wines

The history of the McLaren Vale region is deeply rooted in Oxenberry Farm, as the land was settled in 1839 by two Devonshire farmers starting new lives in Australia. The land had only been surveyed by John McLaren the year prior, and the soil was rich and ideal for cattle, livestock and all gardens and crops to be cultivated. These pioneers laid the foundations on what would become one of the great wine regions in Australia.

More than 120 years later, Michael and Filippo Scarpantoni were born and raised on part of the original Oxenberry Farm site. In 1998, the Scarpantoni brothers purchased a section of the land and Oxenberry Farm Wines was established.

Oxenberry Farm Wines represents the combined experience of more than 120 years in viticulture, winemaking and geographical knowledge of the Scarpantoni family. Careful consideration has been made to grow the best suited varieties of the region to produce optimum styles of wine, rather than trying to turn popular varieties into popular styles.

While Oxenberry Farm Wines and Scarpantoni Estate Wines are produced by the same family, the Oxenberry Farm Wines range reflects Michael and Filippo’s experience in recognising and understanding terroir and the way it contributes to each wine’s unique and distinct characteristics. Oxenberry Farm Wines focuses firmly on understanding a terroir’s suitability to produce wines of a certain style and quality, to ensure every bottle showcases the best that the McLaren Vale region has to offer.

With picturesque gardens, outdoor dining facilities and an open grassed area right on the Shiraz Trail walking track, the Oxenberry Farm Wines cellar door is the perfect place to enjoy a day out with family and friends. The winery also accepts bus groups for weekend tastings, where visitors can enjoy cellar door specials.

 

TASTING NOTES

2012 Oxenberry Two Tribes Shiraz Grenache

The shiraz makes up 67 per cent of the blend, offering rich dark berry fruits, blackberry, tobacco and spice. Combined with the characters given by oak maturation, the shiraz also shows lovely dark chocolate aromas and flavours. The grenache offers liqueur cherries and raspberries, and contributes heavily to the velvety tannin structure.

2008 Oxenberry Star of Greece Shiraz

This shiraz has been created from three sites in McLaren Vale. The coastal sites have given the wine perfumed cherry fruit and peppery characteristics with firm tannin structure. The other sites contribute cinnamon spice, licorice, blackcurrant and blackberry fruit flavours. The wine shows great structure, rich tannins and a long finish.

Oxenberry Red Grapple Cider

The ciders are the result of premium McLaren Vale wine grapes combined with Adelaide Hills apples to create sparkling ciders. The Red Grapple Cider is a combination of the rare French red grape, gamay, and fresh apples. It shows plenty of beautiful red berry fruits and cherries with apple notes in the background, and finishes with plenty of red berries lingering on the palate.

Oxenberry White Grapple Cider

The White Grapple Cider is a combination of 70 per cent chardonnay and 30 per cent fresh apples. This cider shows plenty of ripe and refreshing Granny Smith apple characters and lovely yeasty aromas, with a clean, crisp finish.

 

  • Getting There: 26–28 Kangarilla Road,
  • Suburb: McLaren Vale
  • Phone: (08) 8323 0188
  • Fax: (08) 8323 9642
  • Email: [javascript protected email address]
  • Website: www.oxenberry.com
  • Cellar Door: Open 10:00am–4:00pm Monday to Thursday 9:00am–4:00pm Friday, 10:00am–4:30pm Saturday and 11:00am–4:30pm Sunday Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
  • Restaurant: Café
  • Weddings & Functions: No
  • Accommodation: Two-bedroom self-contained cottage (up to four guests)
  • Additional Features: Cellar door specials and online wine sales