Originally under the familiar Hentley Farm white label, The Creation now has an original label created each vintage by artists from the Adelaide Central School of Art, to portray the individuality, style, and distinction of this iconic wine
THE CREATION PROJECT
Very shallow red clay loam overlying shattered limestone | North-south oriented rows | Elevated Eastern aspect.
RAINFALL: Summer (below average) | Autumn (light).
TEMPERATURE: Days (cool - below average) | Nights (cool).
UPSHOT: Mild, even consistent ripening conditions | Gradual & dense flavour accumulation.
'Eyes of Dionysus'
PAINTING DESIGN APPLIED VIA SCREENPRINT
When benchmarking for the 2021 vintage began, a remarkable Grenache parcel from the C3 Block was quick to stand out. A mild growing season provided superb conditions for gradual flavour development, of which our winemakers were excited to declare ‘Grenache’ as the 2021 Creation Project.
The potential of this outstanding wine has been recognised and celebrated outside of the winery ahead of this single-block release. As a component of the 2021 Old Legend Grenache, this parcel shares in the accolades of the 2022 awarded Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy, along with ‘Best Grenache’ of the Royal Queensland Wine Show (2022), and ‘Best Grenache’ of the Sydney Royal Wine Show (2022).
Mary-Jean Richardson is a South Australian-based artist whose practice is specifically motivated by the interplay of traditions and transgression via painting mobility, mutability and capacity for reinvention. Mary-Jean completed a Masters of Visual Art at the School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia, researching the legacy of eighteenth-century Gothic literary conventions within the ‘undead’ state of contemporary painting.
She has received various awards and grants to further her research and practice, including the AEAF Studio Residency at the British School at Rome in 2013. She is the Painting Department Head at Adelaide Central School of Art and actively exhibits locally and nationally, including projects at Greenaway Gallery, CACSA, SASA Gallery, The Jam Factory and Fontanelle Gallery.
THE CREATION PROJECT
The Shiraz grapes for The Creation 2020 were solely sourced from J-Block on the Hentley Farm Estate. This block was planted by the local legend Otto Kasper and lies in the nutrient-rich soils of the eastern side of the Greenock Creek. This is directly opposite the Otto Vineyard blocks used for Clos Otto and H-Block. The rows of J-Block are planted in a North-South orientation in heavy loamy clay topsoil over red clay. These soil conditions allow for great water retention and a slow release of nutrients to the vines, ensuring that J-Block yields low crops and grapes of balance and power.
Each vintage there are different reasons why wines for The Creation “pop out” during classification, and this 100% J-Block Shiraz stood out to Chief Winemaker Andrew Quin as being an elegant wine that boasts a complex fruit palate with pretty floral aromas.
With winemaking techniques of 25% whole bunch fermentation and 20 months maturation in only seasoned oak barrels, this wine showcases a perfect balance of savoury and confectionery flavours and floral and herbal aromas.
Nicole Clift is a visual artist based in Tarntanya/Adelaide, who employs methods from drawing, printmaking, metal working and textiles within her practice to explore invisible forces such as time and gravity.
Unique to this years Creation project, Nicole’s ten unique label designs has been the inspiration behind a limited edition bespoke silk scarf.
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