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Gaelic Cemetery Wineyard - Wine Directions
Barossa Valley


Clare Valley - South Australia

Gaelic Cemetery Wines is a joint venture between Pikes Wines and Barletta Bros. The brief for the venture is simple and that is to craft small volumes of a super premium, single vineyard-single varietal Clare Valley wine that best reflects the vintage, varietal and uniqueness of place. The joint venture and label are named after the originating vineyard site on Gaelic Cemetery Road, next to the historic cemetery of the region’s Scottish pioneers. The label design reflects the simplicity and minimal intervention approach that is taken with the wine. The central image of the thistle is taken from one of the original headstones in the cemetery itself.

The Gaelic Cemetery Shiraz is vinified at Pikes Winery in Clare Valley, with the wine being made using a combination of traditional ‘old world’ and modern Australian techniques. Here the emphasis is on capturing the essence of the vineyard with minimal manipulation. The vineyard produces a naturally very powerful wine and minimal intervention allows this to be expressed. There is no added tannin and wild yeasts of the vineyard are encouraged to carry out part of the fermentation. Typically the wine will remain on skins for approximately 20 days. To date the reaction to the first release 2005Gaelic Cemetery Shiraz has been very positive. Dr Jay Miller of the Wine Advocate (Nov 2007) described the wines as ‘..a legend in the making!’ and saw fit to award it a score of 98 points. High praise indeed.