Natasha Mooney moves focus to The Kiss
As she sets out on her own path with La Bise Wines
One of South Australia’s most respected winemakers, Natasha Mooney, has taken a bold step in her winemaking career, launching her own brand, La Bise Wines.
Natasha has been making wine in the Barossa and Adelaide Hills for over 20 years. Since 1998, when her Barossa Valley Estate E&E Black Pepper Shiraz was heralded by Wine Spectator magazine, Natasha has honed her trade, working on a range of brands as The Wine Architect and as a co-owner of Fox Gordon Wines.
Accolades for Natasha’s wines comprise trophies at the 2016 International Wine Challenge, the 2015 Decanter Wine Awards, along with numerous awards within Australia.
“The last 14 years with Fox Gordon have been a great experience,” said Tash. “It’s time now to focus on my La Bise wines. It’s exciting to be the sole owner of a business; the ideas, strategy and winemaking all start and end with me.”
Natasha will finish up with Fox Gordon at the end of November, coinciding with the release of two La Bise wines; the 2016 La Bise Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris ($22) and 2014 La Bise Adelaide Hills Tempranillo ($22).
“I have been making my La Bise wines for a number of vintages and it’s time to commit to the business. I’ve searched the Adelaide Hills for quality vineyards, often coming across vineyards that need a bit of love and rejuvenation. I like to think we give them the ‘kiss of life’.”
The 2016 La Bise Pinot Gris is made from grapes grown on Caj Amadio’s Kersbrook vineyard situated at an elevation of 450 metres. “I’m pursuing fruit and the vineyard’s expression in these wines, aiming at character, mouth-feel and drinkability without high alcohol,” continued Tash. “Utilising time on lees in the winemaking has built the texture and depth in this wine.”
The 2014 La Bise Tempranillo is also from the Kersbrook subregion of Adelaide Hills. “The fruit is from two clones across four blocks on the vineyard, giving me a variation in ripening and subsequent fruit flavours. The fermentation was long and cool, supporting the framework and flavours set up the vineyard. 40 per cent of the wine was then matured in large format, older barrels for six months ensuring the fruit is the dominant character of the finished wine.”
La Bise Wines are available nationally at select retailers and restaurants and via the website labisewines.com.au or from La Bise Cellar Door at 38a Murray Street Tanunda in South Australia.
- Adelaide Hills (SA)
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