Adrian Tobin is one of the many I see who epitomise Granite Belt wine country. Easy going, loves a friendly chin-wag and nuts about what he does. Passion over profits and hectolitres, he crafts with meticulous detail, eagle-eyed and in tune with his vines, the terroir, the weather…all for only couple of precious barrels.
And it shows, with the wines displaying that Granite Belt signature. He humbly claims that it’s the vines that do all the work, but it’s that humility and working with the land that makes a great winemaker.
His charm also goes into his wines, no more so than the 2014 Reserva Tempranillo. Taking the cult Pingus from the Ribero del Duero as its muse; dense black fruits, blueberry, plum, cassis, and raspberry at the fore, backed with spicy vanilla and sarsaparilla. Distinctly underlined by that Granite Belt earthiness and wet stone. Young, but fine tannins that can well reward patience in a cellar.
It’s what winemaking should be about.