Old vine McLaren Vale fruit has been favoured by winemaker Russell Schroder in the crafting of wines for his label Semprevino. Previously only available to a select group, these wines are now being introduced to a wider audience.
The story of Semprevino is one of three friends. Meeting at Monash University in the early 1990’s, Russ, Simon and Dave spent long hours developing and refining their palates, leaving no stone unturned in their search for great wines (and beers, and whiskies...). Regrettably, university ended, but all three continued to search and share their discoveries with each other.
After successfully engaging in his chosen career as an engineer, Russ decided that the best way to find this elusive great wine was to make it himself and so went back to school. This time however, it was off to Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga to learn the dark arts and not so dark science of the winemaker. Meanwhile, Simon and Dave concerned themselves with the bigger issues of the wine industry, like “can you have red wine with fish?”.*
After finishing his course, Russ has plied his new trade in wineries on the Mornington Peninsula, Alpine Valleys, Barolo (Italy) and McLaren Vale. This experience has been harnessed to produce Semprevino’s wines. Our flagship being a McLaren Vale Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre along with other wines from the region; Shiraz, Cabernet Merlot and Pinot Gris. We have also produced several wines from the Adelaide Hills; an Italian inspired Nebbiolo, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. As with all things agricultural, seasonal variations have meant that not all of these wines can be available every year. It is our is philosophy that wines should express the true character of the variety and region within which they are grown. If this is not the case, they do not make it to the bottle!
*Answer: yes, but don’t let the fish drink too much.