The 2013 vintage at Printhie marked the tenth anniversary for Printhie as a wine brand with its own winery and cellar door, so we thought it fitting to celebrate this milestone during Wine Week in October 2013.
Although the first vines were planted in 1996 and small batches of wines were made by another winemaker in the first years of the new century, the 2004 vintage marked the beginning of Printhie as a commercial wine brand. In late 2003 construction of Printhie’s own winery and cellar door began and the Swift family employed Robert Black as its first winemaker. Although construction was not entirely complete by the beginning of the 2004 vintage, the wines were made in the new winery nevertheless. Drew Tuckwell’s tenure as winemaker began just before the 2008 vintage and is staring down the barrel of his seventh vintage at Printhie. The two Swift sons, Edward and Dave, have both returned to the family business to take on the management of the vineyard and these days, much of the business of running Printhie.
To celebrate the 10th Anniversary we trawled through the museum collection of wines and teamed up with Simonn Hawke at Lolli Redini for a wonderful dinner that looked back at the wines that have achieved so much for Printhie and had a sneak peek into the future for what may lay ahead.
The 2005 Riesling was complex while still fresh as a daisy and sat beside the yet to be released 2013 MCC Riesling – highly aromatic bursting with youthful extravagance. The pair of 2008 chardonnays, the Mountain Range and the MCC, represented a significant point in Printhie winemaking – the first time we made a reserve chardonnay. The 2008 Mountain Range was remarkably youthful for a 6 year old chardonnay and the MCC showed a lot of the complexity you would expect for a fully barrel fermented wine.
The 2006 vintage was significant vintage for Printhie when it won four trophies at the Orange Wine Show in 2007 with red wines from the 2006 vintage. Although the 2006 Mountain Range Shiraz was not one of the trophy winners, it was a gold medallist and today still retains freshness but with wonderfully complex bottle aged characters – all for what was at the time, a $15 wine. On the night it sat alongside the double trophy winning 2011 MCC Shiraz – proof that in every dog year (cool & wet), great wines can be made.
Our flagship red wine, the Swift Family Heritage, rounded out the wines that night. The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz, from the very first commercial vintage at Printhie and the first Printhie wine to receive a five star rating from James Halliday still has plenty of life left in it – rich and complex. The 2010 Shiraz Cabernet is still another couple of years away from seeing the light of day but provided a look to the future and also the underlying principle of this wine – a variable blend year to year as long as it represents the best red wine of the vintage.
All in all, a wonderful way to celebrate a major milestone in the life of Printhie. See you in 2023 for the 20 year anniversary, it should be quite a feast.