Basket Range Wines
In 1978 Phil Broderick purchased a property in Basket Range in the Adelaide Hills and planted some of the first vines in the Adelaide hills - mostly Bordeaux varieties - by 1980. A few years later he met now wife Mary and in 1992 and 1995 their sons Louis and Sholto were born.
Over the last four decades Phil has produced a number of his own wines from the vineyard, with assistance from other winemakers along the way. We have seen a lot of fruit grown by the Brodericks go into wines from their neighbours such as Gentle Folk and Lucy Margaux.
Nowadays, sons Louis and Sholto are now responsible for farming the vineyard and producing the wines. Louis worked harvests in France before settling back in Australia to raise a family, and Sholto is now involved in all vineyard and winemaking work while also studying Viticulture and Oenology at University of Adelaide (formerly Roseworthy College).
It's easy to fall in love with the family and the wines without even knowing the technical info, but there's so much more to go into.
The vineyard is around 5 hectares planted on the top of a rolling hillside at approximately 450m elevation. There are two aspects, basically North and Southeast, with an amphitheatre/basin type profile. The slopes make for quite different wines and the soils are varied but mostly loamy red and blue clay over sandstone. There's bits of schist, ironstone and shale in there too.
The vineyard is farmed organically, they have Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and even Saperavi. Most of the clones of each variety are planted separately, harvested and fermented separately too. All the wines are hand harvested and transported to the winery at the top of the hill where they are wild fermented, unadjusted, unfiltered and unfined.
Stylistically the Broderick Brothers are fine tuned into making delicious, well-made, slightly more serious wines than a lot of others in their region (and generation). Sholto especially, is a thoughtful, attentive winemaker intent on making wines that will age, that will stand the test of time, and could never be accused of being trendy or too cool. This is a family with their feet firmly in the ground and intent on the quality of their wines earning them their reputation.