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Derek Fitzgerald had made wines for nearly 20 years in WA, Langhorne Creek and the Barossa Valley before gentle persuasion by wife Kirsten led to the decision to make wine on their own account. The three varieties produced are classic Barossa: grenache, mataro and shiraz, made in three ranges: Mixed by DJ Deadly Turntable, Paisley Fabric Range and top-of-the-ticket Paisely Celtic Range. Derek has winkled out some small parcels of grapes from long-proven vineyards up to 70 years old.
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Derek Fitzgerald and Kirsten Harvey, are a husband and wife team who live in the beautiful Barossa with their daughter. Based in the Barossa well over a decade now, Derek is a winemaker with over 20 years’ experience and Kirsten has a background in sales, marketing and hospitality.Paisley Wines was established in 2017 although there were already some wonderful 2016 reds sitting in barrel ready for bottling. It all started with the three red grape varieties Derek believes the Barossa does best – Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro.Paisley Wines is named after the town of Paisley, Scotland, which lies just outside of Glasgow. Kirsten’s great, great, great, great maternal grandfather, John Gardner, made the arduous trip to Adelaide from Paisley in 1839, where he settled on the Yorke Peninsula to farm. The town in Scotland became so synonymous with the boteh teardrop pattern in the 19th Century, that the pattern was eventually named Paisley after the town that famously weaved its designs into shawls for women all over the world.After a long lunch a few years ago now, we came up with the name Paisley Wines. This not only created a link to family history but provided us with plenty of fun and vibrant patterns for our packaging!
Paisley Wines has commenced its journey with the three most traditional varieties from the Barossa, Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro. There are three ranges of wine: the “Mixed by DJ Deadly”, “Paisley Fabric” and the top of the range, “Celtic” Series. The winemaking philosophy is to produce the purest expression of Barossa wine possible with typically good fruit weight but with elegance, lifted aromas, finesse and complexity by sourcing the best fruit and nurturing the fruit through the winemaking process with minimal intervention.The secret to great wine is only using fruit from exceptional sites. Some of the best Barossa Valley vineyards were selected to produce wines with elegance, finesse and approachablity.
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