Bassham Wines

Bruce Bassham’s grandfather, Louis Alfred Bassham, developed Bassham Vineyard after WW1 when he was granted the land from the government as a return service man’s scheme. The vineyard has remained with the Bassham family since 1918, and 2018 will mark its centenary.

Bruce and Val Bassham purchased the organic vineyard in 2000, and it became fully certified with National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA) in 2010. Bruce has been working, managing and owning the vineyards since the age of 15, and has completed 53 vintages in 2018.

Its organic vineyard comprises 45 hectares, which is predominantly organic chardonnay and shiraz, with 11 alternative varieties. The vineyard also has 75 acres of native bushland to conserve wildlife such as kangaroos, snakes, emus and bird life.

Bassham Wines’ heritage vineyard has 22 alternative varieties planted. It also boasts picturesque views that can be enjoyed from the restaurant wine bar or cellar door, which will be completed by March 2018.

Bassham Wines specialises in alternative Mediterranean varieties such as Italian, Spanish and Portuguese wines. It produces six to eight wines per year, which is increasing as it develops its vineyards.

Bassham Wines produces a number of white wines, including fiano, vermentino, petit manseng and chardonnay, as well as arinto, malvasia bianco, albarino, gruner veltliner and moscato.

It produces red varieties such as shiraz, lagrien, saperavi and graciano. Bassham Wines also produces nero d’avola, negro amaro and touriga nacional, as well as durif and mencia. It also produces a Bassham Rosé and blackcurrant liqueur, which is extremely popular among locals.

Bassham Wines has been awarded many medals in different wine tasting and judging events. At the most recent 2017 Wine State River Regions Wines show, Bassham Wines’ 2016 Graciano was awarded four stars, and its 2016 Fiano and 2015 Saperavi were both awarded three stars.

 

TASTING NOTES

2017 Vermentino

Vermentino is an Italian white variety commonly grown in Tuscany and Sardinia. Fresh but with a rich, clean finish, this variety is a drought- tolerant grape, which loves the climate conditions of the Riverland. This vermentino is pale gold in colour with a green tint. Intensely crisp with lemon pepper and full of vermentino aroma, this wine has a medium- to-full bodied palate.

2016 Fiano

Fiano is an Italian variety grown in the companion region of Southern Italy and the island of Sicily. This wine is characterised as pale and straw- coloured with gold tints. It is nutty and textured with floral and honey notes, as well as flavours of spice, custard apple, and ginger. This wine is full, rounded and balanced and has a clean finish.

2013 Lagrein

Lagrein originates on the slopes of Northern Italy. This variety does very well on the Bassham family organic vineyard considering it is a cool- climate variety. Lagrein is a wonderful dark, rich wine, which is a deep ruby- red colour, and displays inky-purple hues in the glass. With intense dark cherry fruit flavours, this lagrein has soft, silky, and smooth tannins, as well as a good balance of acidity.

2017 Montepulciano

Montepulciano is cultivated in Central Italy. This variety loves the region’s extreme heat. This wine has a deep, rich, dark red colour and is lifted with a bouquet of plum, raspberry and dark cherry. Dark chocolate and spice fill the palate, finishing with softening tannins and extended mouthfeel.

 

  • Phone: (08) 8588 1480
  • Mobile: 0417 883 706
  • Email: [javascript protected email address]
  • Website: www.basshamwines.com
  • Cellar Door: Open 10:00am–4:00pm daily
  • Restaurant: Lunch and dinnner
  • Weddings & Functions: Yes
  • Accommodation: No
  • Additional Features: Online wine sales, guided tours, on-site restaurant, café and cellar door will open by March 2018. Coaches and large groups welcome