Marananga, Barossa Valley

Winemaker – Tom White

Sustainable Agriculture

The Curator Wine Co has been several decades in the making for Tom White. As a young lad his family ran a cool climate vineyard, which really just started out as a hobby, and so he grew up working these vines.

Tom searched for a warmer climate vineyard that enjoyed the right blend of soil types, aspect, elevation and varieties which brought him to Marananga on the western side of the Barossa Valley. The Curator vineyards are set amongst beautiful rolling hills which directly affect the flavour characters associated with each vineyard block. The soil is rich in ironstone and quartzite, ideal for producing deeply flavoured grapes.

The wines are made in the vineyard, and Tom’s job is to keep as many primary fruit characters alive in the wine as he can and then balance them with some suitable oak maturation. All grapes are hand-picked, ferments are hand plunged, basket pressed and use a mixture of new and old French oak to bring the wines together.

Tom is very particular with the barrel selection and prefers 3 specific forests in France, but defers selection until after fermentation to better match the flavours. Final blending is probably the most important time for the wine as barrels develop different flavour and texture characteristics.

Cabernet Sauvignon