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Winestate Magazine is Australasia’s leading independent wine magazine tasting over 10,000 wines a year since 1978. We’re chuffed that the July-August 2016 edition features Ekhidna Wines and in-depth analysis of the winemaking philosophy of our own Matt Rechner.
Winestate subscribers can access the full article by Dan Traucki here. For the rest of you, here are some highlights:
UNLIKE our spiky/prickly native echidna marsupial, McLaren Vale’s Ekhidna (which stands for She Viper) Wines, are smooth and rich. While svelte and elegant, these wines are certainly no wimps; being big and bold, but unlike a lot of other uber big wines, they do not have tannins and acid jutting out to attack the palate. They are well-integrated, smooth, rich and a real labour of love by owners Matt and Katy Rechner.
Ekhidna is a “small” operation in that it crushes around 300 tonnes of specially selected grapes each year. Most of the grapes come from its own 20ha vineyard and this is supplemented by carefully chosen fruit from around 30 to 40 growers in the Vale and Adelaide Hills. The winemaking philosophy is that of minimal intervention, as Matt believes that most of the work happens out in the vineyard and that the winemaker’s role is to steer quality grapes into the end product – wines that are as natural as possible.
Whatever you’re doing Matt, keep doing it.
The Ekhidna experience starts with its three sparkling wines – a traditional sparkling chardonnay/ pinot noir, a divine sparkling shiraz (which is currently into its fifth vintage) and a sweet sparkling (which makes a stunning accompaniment for fresh apricots and peaches – divine).
The white wine range currently consists of a chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and an Adelaide Hills fiano, with an arneis to come soon. They are all flavoursome, consumer friendly wines which avoid the searing acidity that is usually found in young white wines. The sauvignon blanc is very classy and much more in a Sancerre style than that of a pungent New Zealand sauvignon blanc. The style of red wines made at Ekhidna is big, but balanced and well rounded. One could quite easily say that the eight-wine red portfolio is shiraz-centric, with the only red that does not contain some shiraz being the Ekhidna Cabernet Sauvignon. There are five straight shiraz wines, starting with the delicious rosé, it is unlike many other rosé, which are sweet or sweetish, whereas this one is crisp and refreshing. Each of the other four straight shiraz wines builds on the intensity and depth of flavour of its predecessor so that when you reach the Rarefied Air Shiraz you are into uber serious shiraz territory. The massively coloured, complex nosed, gorgeously rich 2012 vintage of the Rarefied Air Shiraz makes a brilliant accompaniment for a good, hearty meat dish – a real winter warmer.
Having outgrown the current location, Ekhidna is looking for new, bigger premises, which it is planned will incorporate accommodation, so as to complete the total lifestyle offering to its customers. Due to the currently challenging retail environment, caused by the dominance of the major liquor retailers, Ekhidna is looking to focus its efforts more on the lifestyle aspects of wine, including social functions and accommodation.
Stay tuned for details 🙂
Ekhidna Wines is a showcase of what McLaren Vale and its exciting winemakers can produce.
We’ll drink to that!
At the start of March we’re going to be giving away a very special vintage present. As a special thank-you to the Ekhidna mailing list we’ll be picking one email address from the list at random… and that lucky recipient will receive a case of Ekhidna wine, personally selected by winemaker Matt Rechner (that’s him up above), every month for the next year – a giveaway over $4000 in value!
To be in with a chance to win all you need to do is be subscribed to the Ekhidna mailing list with a valid email address when we draw the prize. All pre-existing subscribers are automatically included in the draw.
So what are you waiting for? Subscribe now to be in the draw to win Ekhidna Wine for a year – on the house!
As with any competition there are Terms and Conditions to stop people doing anything silly, and they can be found here.
For a brief interim period Ekhidna wine, beer, and cider will be available through our online store only while we work on the relocation. No-one is more disappointed about the delay than we are, but we’re going to make it as easy as we can on all our fans. We’ll be holding some members-only events at the winery, we have some amazing special offers to kick off 2016, and all orders during the relocation will be delivered freight-free.
To receive updates on our relocation, make sure you join our mailing list.
We apologise for the inconvenience that this will cause to many beside ourselves, and we thank you all for your continuing support of Ekhidna Wines!
Hold your Christmas Lunch or Dinner function at Ekhidna! Special Christmas menu. Ring cellar door or see menu for details!
2012 Rarefied Shiraz 97 points
2013 Linchpin Shiraz 95 points
2014 Ekhidna GSM 95 points
2012 Ekhidna Grenache Shiraz 95 points
2013 Ekhidna Shiraz 90 points
April 3 Good Friday-Closed
April 4 Saturday-11am-10:30 pm
April 5 Sunday Easter-11am-5pm
April 6 Monday 11am-5pm
**Cellar Door and Kitchen will be closed on:
Monday January 26 (Australia Day)
Monday February 2
**Kitchen only will be closed on
Tuesday January 27
Tuesday February 3
Wineshowcase Magazine gives 2012 Single Vineyard Shiraz 94 points, 2012 Ekhidna GSM ‘The Collaboration’ 91 points and 2013 Ekhidna Chardonnay 91 points
We’re pleased to announce that our 2013 Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir has just received 90 Points with Wine Showcase magazine. Come check it out!
Hi Folks just letting you all know that we will be closed from July 28th-Aug 3. We will also be closed every Thursday in August for all of you wishing to make early bookings. Look forward to seeing you!