Smallfry Wines


Est. 2005

Region / Barossa & Eden Valley, SA

Winemaker / Wayne Ahrens

Vignerons / Suzi Hilder, Wayne Ahrens

Fruit Source / 100% estate

Farming / Biodynamic, Certified

Wayne - Smallfry Wines

Small Fry is Suzi Hilder & Wayne Ahren’s family wine label, perched evenly upon two particularly special vineyards. Their first vineyard was established in 1994 in the higher hills of the Eden Valley. Propagated & planted themselves, the 50Ha property has 9.5Ha under vine. Between 1994 and 1998 Riesling, Shiraz & Cabernet were propagated from local cultivars & planted ungrafted; i.e. on their own rootstock. As magnificent as this softly undulating, breezy hilltop site is, the gravitas underpinning Suzi & Wayne’s project is their 18Ha property in the Barossa Valley’s Vine Vale district, purchased in 2007.

The Vine Vale vineyard has 14Ha under vine. Its original plantings are constrained to a large block referred to as Schlieb’s Garden, a nod to the Ken Schlieb and his ancestors, who held the vineyard in their family from the 1850s until selling to Wayne & Suzi. These oldest plantings date back to the 1850s (within only a few years of the settlement of the Barossa Valley). These original plantings are Shiraz, Grenache, Cabernet, Mataro, Cinsault & Semillon. About a third of the total area currently under vine was planted in the 1960s by its previous ward, Ken Schlieb. Subsequently, grafted onto some of this rootstock are Tempranillo, Roussanne & Marsanne, which are accompanied by small amounts of Pedro Ximinex, and additional plantings of Carignan & Cinsault.

As dedicated & hands-on biodynamic farmers, an incredible input into the vineyards takes place all year and come harvest the processing of fruit is kept simple to highlight the purity of the fruit & vineyards.

Varietal wines from Barossan staples are produced with a mainstream appeal though always looking to freshness & nature rather than wood & tannin.

Classic styles such as Riesling, Cabernet, Shiraz & blends are accompanied by an ever growing array of experimental batches, including the amber wine, Tangerine Dream; light red, Stella Luna; a Riesling & Roussanne blend called Isolar, and a red from a group of vines that Wayne & Suzi feel have not been identified correctly yet.

WINES

Currently available

eden valley
Riesling (dry)
2019

Barossa
Riesling (off-dry)
2017

Fools Gold
Wild Ferment Riesling
2017

Isolar
Riesling Roussanne
2016

Tangerine dream
2019

Eclectik Violet
Grenache Cinsault
2019

Starry Night
Cinsault
2019

Stella Luna
Cinsault Shiraz
2018

Joven
Tempranillo
2018

Schlieb’s Garden
Field Blend
2015

Moonfish
Shiraz
2017

Vine X
2016

Pimpernel
trousseau
2019

Verjuice
2015