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It's also preservative-free and vegan friendly

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In a first for the Australian wine industry, boutique winery Briar Ridge, located at Mount View in the Hunter Valley, has released a co-ferment shiraz verduzzo from the 2018 vintage. In a first for Briar Ridge, the new wine is also preservative-free and vegan friendly.

“We are thrilled to be the first winery in Australia to make and release a shiraz verduzzo wine" commented Briar Ridge Owner and General Manager, Jaclyn Davis. [Ed: Verduzzo is a white grape variety from NE Italy, often somewhat sweet.]

“With so many wine producers now operating in the Hunter Valley and Australia, it’s extremely hard to have a unique product offering. The Briar Ridge Shiraz Verduzzo is exactly that however – it's the only one currently available to buy in Australia and it’s preservative-free and vegan friendly.” Jaclyn said.

Not afraid to try new things, Briar Ridge’s consultant winemaker Gwyn Olsen, the architect behind the shiraz verduzzo release, said that creating the wine was an exciting project. “There’s a growing trend and demand for not only preservative-free wines, but also for wines that are classed as ‘vegan friendly’, that haven’t been treated with fish, animal or egg products during the winemaking process.”

“I’ve had lots of feedback from consumers and the industry about the growth in these segments so I’ve been keen to try my hand at it. I’ve been experimenting with some verduzzo fruit from Orange for a while and creating this wine seemed like the perfect opportunity to merge these two ideas.” Gwyn said.

Both parcels of this unique co-ferment were handpicked with the shiraz destemmed and chilled and the verduzzo whole-bunch fermented. The fruit was handled carefully to ensure minimal tannin extraction before being pressed off to tank prior to bottling.

The result says Gwyn is “a vibrant, fragrant and full-flavoured cool climate red with great acidity and fruit presence.”

Briar Ridge winemaker, Alex Beckett who made the wine with Gwyn noted that the two varieties work really well together to create an accessible and easy-drinking style. “The shiraz imparts those intense floral aromatics and lovely juicy red fruit flavours and spice while the natural acidity of the verduzzo adds structure and length. It’s well suited to serving slightly chilled.”

The wine is available exclusively at the Briar Ridge cellar door or online at

Read the tasting notes for Briar Ridge Shiraz Verduzzo here »


  • Hunter Valley (NSW)

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