Orbis Wines

South Australia | McLaren Vale

Our Review

Orbis Wines hail from a site of 32ha at an elevation of 150m, planted in the ’60–70s. The old-vine shiraz was recently complemented with tempranillo, while grenache, albariño, montepulciano, nero d’Avola and fiano will soon be coming on steam, making for a Mediterranean potpourri. Owners Brad Moyes and Kendall Grey’s fervent belief that these varieties will define McLaren Vale’s future (as much as shape its present) underlies a holistic culture in the truest sense: regenerative farming, recycled timber, solar power, polyculture in the vineyard, the abolishment of heavy machinery and the negation of tin-foil seals and screw caps, are some of their efforts in the name of bona fide sustainability, carbon neutrality and the promotion of biodiversity. These ethics are appropriated to minimally invasive harvest and wine-making practises in the hands of Samuel J Smith and Nick Dugmore, from hand picking, a reliance on indigenous yeasts and zero sulphur additions. The overarching style is one of mid-weighted freshness, poise and giddy drinkability. Stay tuned, for the future is bright. -NED GOODWIN MW



Winemaker Lauren Langfield, Nick Dugmore, Samuel Smith
Established 1960
Dozens NFP
Vineyards (area) 26 ha
Viticulturist Richard Leask
Opening Hours By appt
Address 307 Hunt Road, McLaren Vale, SA 5171
Telephone 0466 986 318
Website www.orbiswines.com.au