The Bendbrook vineyards are located in Macclesfield which is about a 40 minute drive from the city. The area is known for its cool climate, but it also has a range of microclimates and soil types, particularly along the Angus River Valley. The perimeter of the vineyard contains wild blackberries, raspberries and gorse, all of which have an influence of the flavour profile of the wines. Adelaide Food Central was invited to the Bendbrook Cellar Door, located in Hahndorf, to sample some of their wines. All food and drink were provided free of charge.
The Cracklin Rosey Rose 2015 was crisp, dry and fresh. Taken from the slightly unripened Shiraz patch at the bottom of the goat patch, it gets picked seperately from the rest. With notes of Maraschino cherries and red currants, it’s dry, tannic and very appetising.
The Peony Riesling 2015 was very aromatic and flinty. The main aromas were apple, lime and a touch of pear. The taste was very acidic and almost like a tart fruit juice.
The Chardonnay 2013 was elegant but funky and mildly oaked. Grown in a cool climate, the lees are gently hand stirred and then fermented in oak for 10 months.
The Savvy 2014 won the gold medal at the Adelaide Hills Wine Show. It has flavours of lemongrass, lime, citrus, wet stones and green nectarines. The flavours are quite intense which is supported by a tangy acidity that promotes a length finish. The subtle nutty lees adds character to this delicious drop.
The Goat Track Shiraz 2013 is hand picked and hand pruned and originates from a single vineyard. It has a rich nose and is full of ripeness. The flavour is similar to a rich dark fruit cake.
The Pound Road 2013 has notes of fruit, cassis and tobacco with some spice mix and earthy tones. The tannins are fine and focussed. It has good cleansing acidity with a gravelly and savoury finish.
The Yarnspinner 2013 uses leftovers from the Pound Road and Goat Track. It is a rich, soft and dense red with aromas of berries and plum.
Not only are they known for their wines, but also their grape-fed beef. We sampled some of the Bendbrook 9 score Beef in a crusty French baguette (dough imported from France and baked on site). The beef was tasty, tender and melted in your mouth. The light and tangy coleslaw had a crunchy texture that was well complimented by the bread. I’ve never tasted a baguette so good!
The Bendbrook Homemade Coil Sausage is made from a combination of pork and veal. The sausage was lean and well seasoned, and from the first bite, you could tell it was of a high quality.
We were more than impressed with the quality of the wine and the food. We’d like to thank the team at Bendbrook Wines for their hospitality and look forward to our next visit.
Their cellar door in Hahndorf is open from 1pm to 7pm from Thursday to Sunday.
Vineyards – 2474 Strathalbyn Rd, Macclesfield
Cellar Door – 79 Main St, Hahndorf