Mt Jagged Wines
3191 Victor Harbor Rd, Mt Jagged SA
08 8554 9520
You’d be hard-pressed to find a couple more invested in their business than Tod and Suzanne Warmer. The husband and wife team are the brains and brawn behind Mt Jagged Wines – the picturesque, cool climate vineyard in the Southern Fleurieu Peninsula.
Leaving behind a 30-year career in banking, Tod found the perfect opportunity for his next venture in the sale of Mt Jagged Wines in 2012. Trading in staff meetings, lending and deposit targets for tractors, pruning, winemaking and vineyard maintenance, he, along with wife Suzanne, quickly became involved in every step of the winemaking process.
Head Winemaker, Simon Parker, boasts more than 20 years of winemaking experience, having occupied the position of Head Winemaker at wineries in France, England and New Zealand, as well as Australia. Having worked in both small batch and large volume commercial wineries, he formed his own company in 2011, specialising in small batch, hand-made wine production from Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and Southern Fleurieu wineries.
Named after the nearby Mount Jagged, the land was used as a dairy before grapes were planted in 1989. The vineyard sits 320 metres above sea level, and attracts a cooling breeze from the Southern Ocean, resulting in a cool climate that leads to a longer ripening season and greater wine complexity.
Seventy acres of vineyards sit next to remnant wetlands and bush areas that are being rehabilitated with the removal of blackberries and large plantings of local native flora, resulting in large variations in the terroir. Clay loams are interspersed with quartz in the hilltops, while sandy loam sits over clay in the soil by the dam, which creates its own microclimate during the summer months, cooling the bottom blocks.
Mt Jagged Wines is home to semillon, chardonnay, merlot, cabernet sauvignon and shiraz grapes, with pinot noir being grafted in 2012 to develop a traditional champagne along with a dry red. While both its red and whites are award winning, its Sparkling Red has proven to be the most popular. Featuring a blend of 80% merlot and 20% shiraz, it has lifted cherry and raspberry aromas with plum and peppery spiciness coming from the shiraz. Aptly described as ‘Black Forest cake in a glass’, it pairs fantastically with a big traditional Christmas lunch of turkey and cranberry or as an aperitif on a hot day.
Taste it for yourself at the Cellar Door, which has been repurposed from an old dairy shed, creating a welcoming and comfortable rusticity. With magnificent views down the Currency Creek Valley to the Southern Ocean, Coorong and beyond, it’s the perfect spot to try some of the winery’s drops.
White wine lovers can sample the 2013 Top Block Semillon, which boasts lychee and citrus aromas with a palate of crispy dry flavours of lychee and green apples and a light vanilla finish. If red is your preferred tipple, opt for the 2013 Knobby Club Cabernet, which boasts a herb-based bouquet blended with mocha, blackberry and pepper to produce a complex palate with dark chocolate tones.