Stephen Cook took a circuitous route to winemaking: his first occupation on leaving school in NZ was a nine-year stint with a local bank. The decision to up stakes and travel in SA brought him into contact with wine and he returned to NZ and completed a bachelor of science degree and a master’s in biochemisty. Even then, he says, not with the intention of becoming a winemaker. On a whim he called into a small local winery to ‘buy a few grapes’ and a deal was struck that he would exchange his time in lieu of payment. ‘From the first moment I was was hooked’. He returned to SA and secured the Roseworthy Graduate Diploma in Oenology. A vintage in California filled his wanderlust; a varied career in the Barossa Valley followed, working for large wineries, rising steadily up the ranks in a 20-year career. In 2014 he decided to take a small plunge and embark on Eisenstone, its translation meaning the ironstone soil on which the early settlers planted their vineyards. He only makes single-vineyard or single-district shiraz, eschewing all other varieties. He is only interested in high-quality grapes, the use of top-quality oak the tool to capture the message of the interaction between shiraz and its particular place. Exports to China, Hong Kong and Malaysia.
Celebrating the rich German heritage of the Barossa Valley, the name Eisenstone comes from a blend of the German word for iron - Eisen and the English - Stone. Our name celebrates the Ironstone soils in which the vines grow and the stone used by the original German settlers to build much of the famous Barossa buildings that still stand to this very day. Our aim is to establish ourselves as specialists of Barossa Valley shiraz, the icon variety of the Barossa Valley which is recognised worldwide. Within the Valley there are a number of recognised sub regions that vary in climate and soil type and bring out subtle differences in the variety. Eisenstone creator and winemaker Stephen Cook secures special parcels of grapes from the ‘western ranges’ of the famous Barossa Valley which are renowned for producing fuller bodied, powerful wines with amazing depth of flavour and exceptional aging ability to make his wines released under the Eisenstone label.
Located in Ironstone Cottage, 56 Murray Street, Tanunda SA.
Open 7 days 10am - 4pm.
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International Sales Information
Currently exporting to Mainland China. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.