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Nick and Trudy Stacy are backed by decades of industry experience and time-earned wisdom, sourcing fruit from some of the most exceptional yet impossible to access vineyards.
Pairing these rare harvests with the perfect winemaker, each hand-picked with the same discretion as the fruit itself. Tied to no one location, GI, or house style, they create extraordinary wines from unplundered fruits that lay beyond the reach of most. These are the Clandestine Vineyards.
With each wine that they craft, every piece of the winemaking puzzle has been carefully considered and deftly executed. However, knowing who, what, where and when is not enough.
With over thirty years in the wine industry, Nick & Trudy have established long term relationships with growers & vignerons within the key regions of Margaret River, Mount Barker, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale. The secret to making these wines lies within relationships that take time and trust to forge, something that simply can’t be bought. The key to these crucial relationships is held by their founders, Nick and Trudy.
They are the mind, the heart and the soul of Clandestine Vineyards. They understand great wine and they know how to unlock it—with a vision for every vintage that runs all the way from vine to glass.
Landsdale Vineyard, Mount Barker WA, planted 1996 east-west facing rows, ironstone gravel/loam soils, pesticide, herbicide-free vineyard practices.
Machine harvested, 10 days on fermentation on skins in open fermenters with hand plunging twice daily during ferment, reduced to daily and then weekly until the tannins were supple and integrated, cultured natural yeast, tank pressed, 16 months in seasoned French oak barriques. Minimal filtration, vegan fined and minimal sulphur on bottling to keep the wine fresh and lively.
Dark purple and bright in colour, with classic cool mint and lifted cassis bouquet with warm, cedar oak aromas. A brooding palate of blackcurrant, plums, chocolate and mocha flavours jostle for position, while a generous fruit ball forms in the mid-palate. Quality oak and time ensure long, soft and integrated tannin structure, wrapped in firm acidity – giving this Cabernet enhanced texture and complexity.
Pair with slow-roasted lamb, BBQ’s and firm cheeses.
Will continue to improve with careful cellaring for 10+ years.