Three very special wines which celebrate the fruits of Langhorne Creek have been released as part of an innovative wine program operating in the region.
Established in 2019 by Langhorne Creek Grape and Wine Incorporated, Project 5255 operates as a collaboration between growers and winemakers.
The project offered three winemakers the opportunity to create a one-off wine under their own label, that solely showcases Langhorne Creek fruit.
The successful applicants - Rob Mack of Aphelion Wine Co, Charlotte Hardy of Charlotte Dalton Wines and Turon White of Turon Wines have now each released their limited editions drops, the inaugural wines produced as part of the project.
Langhorne Creek Grape and Wine Incorporated spokesperson Marina Goldsworthy said Project 5255 had received extensive interest, including from overseas.
"We are thrilled to unveil these wines under Project 5255. All three winemakers have such a fantastic understanding of crafting beautiful wines and it has been great to have them all sharing that enthusiasm and knowledge with the community here at Langhorne Creek," Ms Goldsworthy said.
Rob Mack was the first to unveil his wine, having explored Malbec as his chosen variety.
"I'm extremely excited to present this Malbec, Welkin by Aphelion, which has been produced using fruit from the Wenzel vineyard," Mr Mack said.
"It's an incredibly aromatic Malbec that we've produced from this single vineyard. The grapes were planted in 2015 and 1999 providing the perfect balance between ripeness, intensity, vibrancy and acidity."
Ms Hardy of Charlotte Dalton Wines worked to produce a 2020 Fiano.
Made from Bremerton fruit, the nose oozes honeysuckle, apple blossom and praline, with hints of honey and spice also present.
"It's one of my favourite wines that I've produced - and the signature screen printed bottle by Glass Print features a bee because in Italy, Fiano is referred to as the wine of the bees because they adore the sugary Fiano fruit on the vine..." Ms Hardy said.
Turon White opted to produce a plum and berry heavy Grenach, taking fruit from Watkins Wine Vineyard.
With its confectionary boiled lollies undertones, crushed rose, berry and plum notes and sweet spice with delicate pepper, this Grenache delivers extreme length on the palate.
"I thoroughly enjoyed the project and being able to produce this limited-edition 2020 Grenache from a very special part of the world, Langhorne Creek," Mr White said.
Project 5255 has been supported by Vinpac, the South Australian Wine Industry Development Program and the South Australian Government through Primary Industries and Regions SA.