RAIN Baw Baw Shire 2018 — Cabernet Franc & Pinot Gris
A Wine That
shows the world that wines can be experimental AND serious. Patrick has always been gifted at creating cuvées which others might deem impossible. RAIN is a blend of Cabernet Franc and Pinot Gris, and instead of it being funky, it creates something immensely pure and thristquenching. With its cherry, thyme and subtle white pepper notes, this is both juicy and structured. It might look like juice, but there's a little more tannin and bite here - this is the ideal BBQ wine and pairs with pretty much everything under the sun.
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- Winemaker: Patrick Sullivan
Where & How?
This is a blend of dry-farmed Cabernet Franc and Pinot Gris, from the Bullswamp and Millstream vineyards in the Baw Baw Shire region of Gippsland, farmed biodynamically by Patrick and Bill Downie.
The wines were fermented naturally, and the Cabernet Franc was fermented using carbonic maceration. The Pinot Gris portion was fermented on skins in stainless steel for a month. Later, they were blended together and aged in old barrels to find harmony. Bottled unfined and unfiltered with just a touch of sulphur.
By the time he was 22, Patrick had worked several stints in vineyards and wine shops (including 18 months on the floor at London’s Selfridges), commenced a degree in winemaking - which he promptly changed to viticulture, and even studied actuarial science for a while.
When he was 24, thanks to a government tax rebate scheme for small winemakers, he set up his own brand on a shoestring budget. Shortly after, he developed an international reputation for making unprecedented bottles of fun: with naturally fluorescent colours, blended from grape varieties that traditionalists would say “aren’t meant to be blended together.”
His cuvée "Haggis" graces natural wine bars’ lists across the globe. It’s a co-fermentation of Moscato, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Malbec, because, why not? It became the flower child of wine: a liquid that tipped everything people thought they knew about wine on its head, and undoubtedly left many winemakers pissed off because it most certainly didn’t follow the rulebooks they'd so dutifully been following. And why should it?
These days, however, there are winds of change for Patrick. He still loves those wines, but there’s a new direction on the Sullivan compass: fine Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, planted by himself, farmed by himself, on his own land. Here, in the middle of nowhere in Gippsland, he has laid roots with his wife and kids. Surrounded by forest, the task at hand is no longer one of rebellion or experimentation. Rather, it’s about creating something lasting, leaving as gentle an environmental footprint as possible, for the next generation.