Derek Fitzgerald 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. They are 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. Adelaide Hills Fiano completes the range.
Derek Fitzgerald and Kirsten Harvey are a husband and wife team who live in Angaston on a 12-acre block of premium shiraz. Based in the Barossa well over a decade now, Derek is a winemaker with more than 20 years’ experience while Kirsten has a background in sales, marketing and hospitality. Paisley Wines was established in 2016 and launched with some wonderful 2016 reds which had been sitting in barrel ready for bottling. We started with the three red grape varieties Derek believes the Barossa does best – Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro. Our range has now been extended to include a Grenache Rose and an Adelaide Hills Fiano from the 2018 vintage. The company is named after the town of Paisley, just outside Glasgow Scotland which is where Kirsten’s great x 4 grandfather hailed from before settling in Adelaide in 1839. The wines are all about elegance and finesse, with bright fruit and textural influences. The aim is to let the attributes of the vineyard and the fruit shine by using minimal intervention in the winery.
Shiraz, Grenache, Mataro, Fiano