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Rouleur Wine Co

Yarra Valley, VIC & McLaren Vale, SA

Growing up in the Yarra Valley, son of a grape grower, I guess you could say I had little choice about a career in the wine industry. My Dad, once 'Marlborough Man' and TAA airline pilot turned farmer, planted a vineyard to Pinot Noir on the Coldstream family property in1984 and set me on course toward a life in wine. 

I worked vintages in local wineries as a junior and tinkered with my own wine in the shed using an old crusher-destemmer, basket press and pick bins as fermenters. My work in the vineyard continued, studying along the way and eventually tracking a path in wine sales and marketing. Not long after returning from a stint overseas, life delivered my family a considerable blow. Dad was diagnosed with cancer and passed away within 12 short months. Before he died, we had a conversation about my life and future. Dad urged me to pursue my dreams in wine and I promised that somehow, sometime, I would make wine from the vineyard we planted over 30 years ago.  

In 2015 I left the security of my full-time job in McLaren Vale to focus on turning my own dreams into reality. With the help of family, friends and friendly locals, I launched the Rouleur Wine Co. and fulfilled my promise to Dad with the release of our 2015 Yarra Valley, Pinot Noir.

The Rouleur philosophy is pretty simple. We source exceptional parcels of fruit from quality vineyards and growers to make wine that we, and hopefully you, like to drink. We tend to pick on the earlier side, seeking bright natural acid, freshness and lift without sacrificing flavour. Our aim is to capture terroir by not 'messing with the natural order' too much, keeping winemaker inputs and additions to a minimum. Rouleur wines are handmade in small batches to deliver our take on the varieties and vineyards we work with. A delicious and personal perspective on each vintage year. 


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2017 Rouleur Chardonnay

Yarra Valley, VIC

From two famed sites in the upper Yarra, Rouleur’s Chardonnay is all about vibrant citrus fruit character, mineral drive and green vigor. Matt’s included some skins and whole bunches in order to extract a pithy, textural quality as well but this really is one of the most driven and exciting Chardonnay wines that you can buy for under $20

100% Chardonnay from two sites, Woori Yallock and Maccalesfield, red and grey volcanic clay, 300m ASL, P76 and P78 clones, indigenous ferment with 10% skin contact, 90% whole bunch, pressed into 15% new French puncheons, ageing for 6 months, light filtered, stelvin

 
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2017 Rouleur Pinot Noir

Yarra Valley, VIC

Cool Yarra sites planted to the superior MV6 clone are the cornerstone of Rouleur’s Pinot, the Gladysdale site giving a structure and acid drive while the Maccalesfield vineyard layers on the bright fruit. Really wonderful balance of playfulness and serious structure, this wine is as at home alongside Peking duck as it is straight out of the fridge and into a tumbler

100% Pinot Noir from two sites, Gladysdale and Maccalesfield, red and grey volcanic clay, 300m ASL, MV6 clone, indigenous ferment, 20% whole bunch, pressed into 10% new French puncheons, ageing for 6 months,  unfiltered, stelvin

 
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2017 Rouleur Grenache

McLaren Vale, SA

Farmed from two blocks, one in and one close to Blewitt Springs and facing to the South, these cop a very Mediterranean climate and plenty of maritime influence while remaining reasonably assisted by the vineyards altitude to give the wine plenty of vibrancy and lift. Very much in the ‘new’ styling of Grenache, with a focus on its spicy frame and a fleshy but not overtly sweet character and more than a hint of its vineyard and climate

100% Grenache from two sites, Blewitt Springs and McLaren Flat, sand over ironstone clay and sandstone, 100-200m ASL, indigenous ferment, 20% whole bunch, pressed into old French puncheons, ageing for 6 months, stelvin

 
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2017 Rouleur Nero d'Avola

McLaren Vale, SA

Why Ronda? Well, according to Matt each of his barrels bears RO for Rouleur, and the Nero follows with NDA for Nero d’Avola. Quite. Here’s one glistening example of excellent MV Nero d’Avola from Tatachilla, and I think one of Matt’s most thoughtful wines. It has the classic violet-scented perfume of coastal Sicilian versions, and shows its generous natural acidity through veins of earthy tannins

100% Grenache from Tatachilla, McLaren Vale, sandy loam, 100-200m ASL, indigenous ferment, 40% whole bunch, pressed into old French barriques, ageing for 6 months, stelvin

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2017 Rouleur Shiraz

McLaren Vale, SA

Why Ronda? Well, according to Matt each of his barrels bears RO for Rouleur, and the Nero follows with NDA for Nero d’Avola. Quite. Here’s one glistening example of excellent MV Nero d’Avola from Tatachilla, and I think one of Matt’s most thoughtful wines. It has the classic violet-scented perfume of coastal Sicilian versions, and shows its generous natural acidity through veins of earthy tannins

100% Grenache from Tatachilla, McLaren Vale, sandy loam, 100-200m ASL, indigenous ferment, 40% whole bunch, pressed into old French barriques, ageing for 6 months, stelvin