This wine is produced from a single vineyard. The Deadhorse vineyard is 25 years old situated at Toolleen and is one of very few dry grown vineyards in this appellation. The vineyard is planted to the PT23 clone on own roots.
Our winemaking belief is that good fruit should be treated gently and with minimal intervention. The Bress 2018 Le Grand Coq Noir Shiraz was treated in this manner. A combination of whole bunch (20%) and gently crushed fruit fermentations occurred in open fermenters. Fermentation was slow and was conducted by indigenous yeast strains. Pumping over and hand plunging occurred three times daily. Post pressing, the wine was transferred to French oak hogsheads (primarily Francois Freres and 50% new) for malolactic fermentation. The wine was then barrel to barrel using gravity fed methods and left in oak for 13 months. Prior to bottling the wine was not fined and given minimal filtration to ensure maximum retention of the fine flavours inherent in this wine.
The Heathcote wine region is renowned for some of Australia’s best Shiraz. The red Cambrian soils, an important part of the terroir of the region, produce the signature inky depth of colour and deep, dark complex fruit profile.
Whilst an attractive drinking proposition now, this wine will cellar in sound conditions for 10 or more years.
Whilst a superb drink on its own, the suppleness of this wine allows it to make friends with many food options. Some of our favourites to enjoy it with are a hearty cassoulet, a juicy rib-eye steak or slow roasted lamb shoulder - with plenty of roast potatoes…
Bress is a sustainable winery, vineyard, cider orchard, kitchen and market garden, that is run using the biodynamic farming practices developed in the 1920’s by Rudolph Steiner, producing our own compost and mulching to build up organic matter in the soil, retain soil moisture and improve soil vitality and plant health.
At Bress we believe certain grape-growing regions are better suited to particular grape varieties than others. The French have understood this for several centuries and some Australian wine producers are now embracing this belief.
Bress, located in Harcourt near Bendigo, Central Victoria, is one such producer. The source of the fruit for our wines is not restricted to one specific region, but rather we make the most of the diversity of climates and soils Central Victoria has to offer and so we look to the Yarra Valley, Macedon Ranges, Bendigo and Heathcote for the best quality fruit. Our wine-making process is very simple. It starts in the vineyard, with grapes picked at flavour ripeness. The wine is gently fermented and cared for with minimal intervention and natural yeasts.
The story of Bress began with Adam Marks and his love for chickens. While making wine in Burgundy and Beaujolais in 1996, Adam heard that the finest eating chickens in the world hailed from a nearby town called Bourg en Bresse. Not one to make haste, Adam immediately visited a producer and witnessed first-hand their traditional method of breeding chickens. As a result of this discovery, Bress is dedicated to the famous chickens of France and what they represent – artisan production using traditional, age-old methods.
In 2004, Adam and Lynne Jensen came across a rundown vineyard and orchard with untapped potential in Harcourt, Central Victoria – a region where Adam started his winemaking career and where Lynne’s ancestors settled. Inspired by the mixed farming enterprises of France and Italy that they had visited on their travels, they had a vision of creating a place to welcome visitors to experience ‘The Bress Life.
They proceeded to transform the property into a home for Bress, a sustainable farm and a place for visitors to share a meal, learn something new and most of all relax and have fun.
A qualified viticulturist and winemaker with more than 25 years’ experience, Adam has made wine throughout the world for both large and small producers. Disillusioned with large corporate winemaking, Adam established Bress in 2001 with a desire to produce wines from fruit sourced from notable viticultural regions, using a minimal intervention approach in the winery. Adam is an entertaining character and his passion for wine, cider and sustainability on a global scale is evident in all that he does.
The philosophy of ‘The Bress Life’ is based on the fundamentals behind life’s simple pleasures – and learning to both appreciate and enjoy them.
What Are ‘Simple Pleasures’ According To Bress?
For over eight years we have employed sustainable farming practices which have resulted in a marked improvement in all of our crops – grapes, apples and the vegetables from our Kitchen and Market Gardens.
We welcome visitors to our Cellar Door at our property in happy happening Harcourt!
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