Kimbolton Wines have recently opened their first cellar door to the public in the Fleurieu Peninsula’s booming wine metropolis of Langhorne Creek.
Designed by award-winning architect Damien Chwalisz and constructed from four industrial shipping containers, the cellar door only took six weeks to build just in time for those wine-filled summer soirees.
Planted in 1911 and officially established in 1947 by the Case family, Kimbolton Wines are now owned by fifth-generation vignerons and siblings Brad Case and Nicole Clark.
The Kimbolton Wines label came to fruition in 1998, when Brad and Nicole’s parents Len and Judy Case produced one tonne of Langhorne Creek Shiraz which proved to be a surprisingly delicious drop.
Incorporating natural timbers, recycled wood and large open windows overlooking the lush green vineyards, Nicole and Brad had the vision of creating a fresh, vibrant and natural space that fit in with the earthy area.
Adelaide Food Central were invited to the official launch of their first cellar door, where we were treated to several cheese and wine “flights” that will be available on their rotating seasonal tasting menu.
“We spent lots of time curating local cheeses to match with our wines, so we think we’ve created a great experience for you to try,” Nicole said.
Taking off on our first wine flight, we sampled the Montepulciano Rosé paired with a Woodside Monet cheese. Only kept on the skins for a mere few hours, the rosé is a vibrant, crystalline pink colour with a crisp, dry flavour. Produced by Woodside Cheese Wrights and made from goat’s milk, the Monet cheese was decorated with delicate flower petals. This combination was a marriage in the mouth, with the sweetness of the rosé complementing the floral, herbaceous flavour of the Monet cheese.
The next pairing we taste tested was the Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz and the Mont Priscilla cheese. With aromas of mulberry, choc-mint and dusty oak, the Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz brings flavours of ripe red and black fruits, cassis and mint to the palate. Handcrafted in the Adelaide Hills by Section 28 Artisan Cheeses, the Mont Priscilla pasteurised cow’s milk cheese had its distinguishable line of ash running through the centre. The silky, buttery flavours of the cheese enhanced the berry tones of the wine, proving to be a match made in heaven.
Last but not least was the Bella Monte Sparkling Montepulciano and the Onkaparinga Triple Cream Brie. Being deep ruby in colour, this sparkling red has notes of fruit cake, black cherry, plum and spice which makes it the perfect option to go with your Christmas pudding. Sourced from the Onkaparinga Creamery, the brie was a soft, velvety melt-in-your-mouth moment. The creaminess of the brie pairs perfectly with the tang of the Bella Monte, which is the perfect brunch-worthy sparkling red.
In between wine flights, we were served a variety of canapes created by well-renowned chef Simon Burr from The Olfactory Inn in Strathalbyn. Appetisers included miniature bruschetta slices with pâté and a zesty orange and grapefruit marmalade, as well as classic herb and rice arancini balls. To soak up our sips of wine later on in the afternoon, we were served breaded artichoke hearts with a dill and mustard dipping sauce, carp spring rolls with a chilli, lime and sesame sauce, as well as the most delicious prawn, tomato and olive panzanella salad cradled in a crispy poppadom.
The cherry on top of this charming cellar door will be the rooftop viewing area which is currently in the works, aiming to be completed by December 24th.
“At the end of this month, we’ll have a lovely rooftop deck as well so that you’ll be able to then do some beautiful viewings of the vineyard from above, so you’ll all have to come back again!” Nicole said.
Officially opening their doors on December 10, Kimbolton Wines also intends to offer platters from January in the new year, which we can imagine grazing on whilst sipping vino and soaking up the scenic vineyard views.
Located just past The Winehouse on Langhorne Creek Road, Kimbolton Wines are open 10am – 5pm daily and on some public holidays.
Words by Tayla Giles
WHERE: 29 Burleigh St, Langhorne Creek