August 6, 2012
An eye for value and an aim to provide generosity in sharply defined flavours sits at the core of Blackbilly wines.
Since its inception in 2001, Blackbilly has produced consistent results through its discerning selection of high quality fruit while maintaining modest prices. To get the desired results, Blackbilly sources fruit from
across the Adelaide region for crisp white wines, and to Langhorne Creek, Currency Creek and the old vineyards of McLaren Vale for rich, distinctive reds. As the label
and brand name implies – honouring the hardy scrub plant called Blackbilly that skirts many vineyards areas – it tastes authentically of Australia. Beyond Blackbilly’s core
range of shiraz, chardonnay, pinot gris, sauvignon blanc and a grenache/shiraz/mourvedre blend, the additional Winemakers’ Playground wines – tempranillo, sangiovese, nebiollo, and a tempranillo rosado – represent new styles that excite and inspire the winemakers, and have been released as impressive small-batch trials.
What is ‘Blackbilly’?
The Australian bushland has many unique plants and wildlife. The blackbilly name is drawn from the Yacca tree (or grass tree) that has spikey leaves and a unique spear shaped flower.
Periodically bushfires change the Australian bushland and burn the “blackbillys” into their distinctive shape. Unique spear shaped flowers grow out as part of the regeneration of the plant.