This autumn sees two new Australian agencies join The Knotted Vine portfolio, further boosting its burgeoning Aussie line-up.

Joining the likes of Koerner, Ministry of Clouds, David Franz and La Violetta in the list are Aphelion from McLaren Vale and Flor Marché from Great Southern.

Here’s the lowdown on each of these exciting new additions.

Aphelion

Aphelion Wine Co. has a focus on grape varieties that thrive in the Mediterranean climate of McLaren Vale, with a sprinkling of the best of surrounding regions, including the cooler Adelaide Hills.

“We craft our wines to match the foods we love to eat – Italian, Mediterranean, and Asian. Think tomato, ginger, garlic, chilli, seafood,” they say.

The McLaren Vale wine region is diverse, with 19 different soil types. It is sustainable, with more than 60% of vineyards certified by the locally developed Sustainable Australia Winegrowing programme.

Varieties from Italy, Greece and Spain do very well here, as they suit the changing climate, which is why their collection includes wines made from Grenche and Sagrantino, among others.

“Our aim in the winery is to handcraft minimal intervention authentic, quality McLaren Vale wines that speak of their provenance and match perfectly with the food you love.”

For further info visit www.aphelionwine.com.au

Flor Marché

Elizabeth Reed purchased one tonne of Riesling grapes from the Porongurup sub-region in the Great Southern in 2010 and made two barrels of Shiraz from Mount Barker also from the Great Southern in the same year. It was here that Flor Marché was born.

The idea was to source small parcels of fruit from single vineyards across the southwest of Western Australia selected because that variety produced the best quality wine possible.

Currently, she sources small parcels of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon from Wilyabrup, Margaret River, and from the Great Southern comes Riesling, Pinot and Shiraz. She also sources a small amount of Grenache from 60 year old vines in the Swan Valley.

Wines are crafted with integrity and intent to express the unique characteristics of the varieties grown from these diverse and pristine wine regions.

The approach to winemaking is based on the understanding that the most important characteristics of wine come from the vineyard and the soil the grapevines are grown on. With that sentiment, working closely with my growers ensures the grapes are grown in a healthy environment with best organic practice.

This is reflected by making no additions in the winemaking process. “I do not add yeast preferring to rely on the natural yeast in the vineyard,” says Reed. “I do not add acid preferring to harvest when the sugar, acid and flavours are in balance. I do not add tannin preferring to use techniques which extract tannin from the grape skins and stems. I do not use fining agents preferring to keep the vitality of the wine present.”

For further info visit www.flormarche.com