1 x Rollick Wines 'Folly' Riesling 2019 - Lifted aromas of lime zest, granny smith apples, jasmine with hints of orange blossom and green herbs. Intense flavours of kaffir lime leaf and preserved lemon are complemented by beautifully balanced citrus like acidity, showing hints of minerality, leading to a long, clean finish.
1 x Rollick Wines 'The Vice' Shiraz - Intense aromas of blueberry and black cherry, with spiced plum skin, forest floor, dried herbs and hints of cedar. Complex flavours of blackberry bush and forest floor meld into a savoury mid palate with spicy clove and dried herbs. Showing great restraint and elegance and finishing with long velvety tannin.
1 x Rollick Wines 'First Step' Fiano 2019 - Pale straw colour with green tints. Intense aromas of nashi pear, baked apple and honey dew melon. The palate shows fresh flavours of pear skin, apple and cumquat balanced by bright and refreshing acidity, finishing clean with a soft textural finish. (Riverland, SA)
1 x Whistler Wines TGIF Shiraz 2019 - Vibrant purple colour, this wine has loads of blueberry and black pepper character on the nose. The whole bunch component gives a dried herb character to the wine, and adds freshness to the palate. It is particularly soft and smooth thanks to the fantastic 2018 season, making it a great drink on its own, but can also pair well with red meat dishes.
1 x Whistler Wines Dry As A Bone Rosé 2019 - Very pale pastel pink, almost brassy in colour, with aromas of red apple, fresh raspberries, cherries and strawberry yogurt. The palate is dry, but has great fruit weight and great length. There is some complexity on the palate from the barrel fermentation, and some nice softness from the lees stirring.
1 x Whistler Wines Stacks on GSM 2018 - 2018 was what I would describe as a fairly textbook vintage, playing favourably to these three varieties strengths- thriving in warm, dry summer conditions. The resulting wine is a ripper, arguably the best I have made so far. Classic bright red fruits from the Grenache, soft blue fruits and herbaceous notes from the whole bunch component of Shiraz, and Mataro driving home the savouriness.
Through our travels and adventures, we’ve found the world of wine to be so welcoming, inclusive and downright joyous. The winemakers, cellar and vineyard staff, families and friends who spend their days making wine truly see it as a labour of love. It’s hard work, it’s tiring at times (read: vintage) – but it’s so experimental, creative and rewarding…and delicious, obviously! There’s nowhere to hide when you bottle your wine and share it with the world – and we love that.
We’ve discovered so many of our friends and family outside of the wine industry don’t want to talk about wine for fear of looking unrefined. We want to change that. We want people to jump right in with us and quite simply, just enjoy the journey!
So, how did we get here?
We were both born in the Barossa Valley, delivered two weeks apart by the same Doctor. Due to a family move, we grew up in different places. As ate would have it, we crossed paths 25 years later thanks to a chance encounter at a mutual friends’ birthday. We’ve been together ever since.
We make a good pair - one is an award winning winemaker and the other makes the rest of the magic happen, though it's all a joint effort. We’ve produced wine together, worked vintages overseas, and travelled to many wine regions searching for a good drop and a behind the scenes look with the makers.
The first wine we made together was for charity – a Fiano. It was a hit and we had such a blast producing it that we wanted to figure out how we could do it again. It was the first step towards Rollick Wines (hence the name of our ‘First Step’ Fiano) and we haven’t looked back since.
Jack is the co-founder and winemaker for Rollick Wines. And, he sports one heck of a beard. It doesn’t get much better than that, right?
Born and raised in the Barossa, Jack has more than 12+ years winemaking experience across Australia, New Zealand, France and Italy. This includes more than 7 years as part of the winemaking team at Henschke, one of Australia’s most premium and long-standing family wineries. He has also completed vintages at Vietti, Villa Maria and Paul Jaboulet Aine. He has the know-how to create a good drop and acclaim to match it.
Jack takes wine very seriously. Don’t let that fool you though – he’s laid back, happy-go-lucky and loves sharing his knowledge. He is also renowned for busting out unique moves on the d-floor. Hopefully you’ll get the chance to see it one day…
Fun fact: Jack hates tomato sauce (ketchup), passionately. He won’t let Tash bring it in the house.
Tash is the co-founder and creative brains behind Rollick Wines. Tash was born in the Barossa but spent most of her life elsewhere. With experience in management consulting and advertising, she has travelled and lived near and far, counting NYC, The Netherlands, New Zealand and France as former homes.
Not one to sit on the side lines, Tash would work weekends with Jack over vintages in the early stages of their relationship before completing vintages overseas. She won’t claim to be an expert – she’s just passionately interested, having always had a love for the booze, food and tourism industries. She, like Jack, wants to make sure you can have some fun with wine and learn a little along the way!
Fun fact: Tash, like any normal person, loves tomato sauce (ketchup) and may or may not have a secret bottle in the house. As a kid, she ate tomatoes like apples (probably not normal).
What's in a label?
Well, for us, a personal insight and the creative input of a few very talented people. On every one of the labels, we share the story of how we met and the specific story on why this variety of wine in the bottle means something to us.
The thinking behind the brand
The logo – kick up your heels – and the touchpoints of the brand, are the brainchild of our great friend Camille (affectionately nicknamed Camel). She distilled everything we wanted in a way we couldn’t. She is a supremely talented graphic designer, a humble machine at getting things done and incredibly creative. We would be lost without her! We wanted to feature her more prominently – but in typical Camel style, she likes to work behind the scenes. So Camel, here’s to you!
The artwork on the label
The eclectic explosion of colour and form is the work of our brilliant mate Arlon Hall - aka Hally. It’s a distillation of a piece that is framed and hangs in our house to this day. This piece is part of the ‘Just Born’ series, which he painted in during a residency at Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi, India through The Helpmann Academy. It’s a one-off piece – we know there will never be another like it! The colour, expression, uniqueness and fun behind this piece all further represent the type of brand we want to build and the experience we can offer our community.
So, who is Hally? Well firstly, he’s a downright legend! He was best man at our wedding and has been Jack’s best mate since Kindy. And he’s one of the busiest and most generous people we’ve ever met.
Now you’re part of the story
With every bottle you buy, you’re taking a piece of art (both on the label and in the bottle) and a fun story home with you – which we want you to share and build upon through your own fun times drinking with those you cherish most. We hope you enjoy it as much as we’ve enjoyed collaboratively creating it.
So, cheers and kick up your heels, because it’s surely time for a drink.
Tash & Jack
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