Mount Torrens, Adelaide Hills

Winemakers Michael Sykes and Dave Neyle

Traditional farming methods

Lobethal Road was established in 1998 by Dave Neyle and partner Inga Lidums, the family owned vineyard has quietly gained a reputation for producing super premium wines. Located in the Adelaide Hills, Lobethal Road produces a range of award winning wines as well as the reserve ‘Bacchant’ label, are only made in stand-out vintages.

The five-hectare vineyard, nestled at the foot of Mount Torrens has north easterly slopes that nurture low yielding vines. The resulting wine retains elegant cool climate characteristics through minimal intervention in the vineyard and winery. There is Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, Graciano, Shiraz and a tiny patch of Roussane. Dave has been involved in vineyard development and management in South Australia and Tasmania for over 25 years.

The Adelaide Hills starts around 25 minutes from Adelaide City, and covers a number of townships and various terroir throughout. It has the Barossa to the Northern Border, Langhorne Creek and McLaren Vale to it’s South.

The wines of the Adelaide Hills exhibit more delicate cool climate flavours than those of it neighbours and Adelaide Hills is arguably Australia’s premier site for Sauvignon Blanc, producing pure and intense wines that show off a renowned tropical fruit flavour and aroma spectrum.

Chardonnay has been planted more wide spreadly in recent years, and is making some of the worlds best examples of the variety. Pinot Noir has always been a constant in the hills despite being a little troublesome in some vintages. The Shiraz from Adelaide Hills usually exhibit a more uplifted bouquet with gentle spice and less intense rich fruit to it’s closest other region McLaren Vale.

Pinot Gris

Bacchant Chardonnay