Purple Hands Wines

South Australia | Barossa Valley

James' Review

This is a partnership between Craig Stansborough, who provides the winemaking know-how and an 8ha vineyard of shiraz, northwest of Williamstown in a cooler corner of the southern Barossa, and Mark Slade, who provides the passion. Don't ask me how this works - I don't know, but I do know they are producing outstanding single vineyard wines (the grenache is contract-grown) of quite remarkable elegance. The wines are made at Grant Burge, where Craig is chief winemaker. Exports to the Philippines and Singapore.


When two good mates get together, one a senior wine maker with Grant Burge Wines with his own vineyard, the other with a love of great wines, the inevitable had to happen and Purple Hands Wines was created. Anyone who has made red wine will know what a pair of purple stained hands looks like. A red wine makers hands become stained purple during vintage due to the constant contact with grape skins and the juice. This was the inspiration behind our name and wine label. We are situated in the Southern Barossa just north west of Williamstown, a stones throw from the Whispering Wall reservoir. The 32 acre vineyard is planted on perfect Shiraz dirt, friable red clay over limestone, with the majority Shiraz but also with 1 Hecatre of Aglianico and 1 Hectare of Montepulciano. The southern end of the valley is recognized as the “cooler” end of the valley, with slightly lower temperatures and longer ripening periods to develop flavours. We also source premium Grenache, Mataro and Cabernet Sauvignon fruit from dedicated local growers from the Barossa area. Our Planta Circa Cabernet Sauvignon comes off the Woodlands vineyard just outside Lyndoch and is managed by the Zerk family. The Cabernet vines were planted around 1880 - 1890 and are some of the oldest fruit bearing Cabernet vines in the world. With just 468 vines this highly sought after wines is produced in extremely small batches each year. Our aim is to produce premium wines showcasing not only the Barossa but each little patch of dirt. We aim to make balanced wines so they can be consumed as young wines, but will also become interesting and enjoyable older wines. So that really means you can enjoy them now, but we are confidant our wines have the potential to cellar if you have the patience.


Winemaker Craig Stansborough
Established 2006
Dozen 2500
Vineyards (area) 14
Opening Hours Not
Address 32 Brandreth Street, Tusmore, SA 5065 (postal)
Telephone / Fax 0401 988 185