Inspired by my brother’s love and mastery of this noble variety, the 2018 Brother‘s Ilk is tribute to Phil’s thinking, Theo and Jan Moskos’ Bernard 95 clone fruit and our hard graft in the winery. It’s a bit of old school smashed together with a lot of new thinking all wrapped up in a bloody tasty wine. Think of it as my favourite bit of the Adelaide Hills, crafted in the Barossa!
Single vineyard wine.
Bernard 95 Clone Chardonnay Grown on Theo and Jan Moskos’ Birdwood Vineyard.
Total production 2070 bottles
Pale green/gold straw
Plenty of white peach leanness over restrained and subtle high quality oak. A fresh layer of reserved lemon peel, fresh cream, slight toffee hints overlay yeasty complexity
Terrific line and length up front. Initially Minerally and lithe palate which with fresh white peach underpinned with lemon zest, creamy texture & a mouth-watering crisp finish.
Way back in 2008, eleven years before pulling together the vinous awesomeness that underpins the 2019 Brother’s Ilk – Phil, my younger taller fitter and learned brother, said let’s make a Chardonnay. I said, “are you fucking joking??” The answer was no and resulted in the first iteration of the Brother’s Ilk Chardonnay. Adelaide Hills Stalwarts, Theo and Jan Moskos’ Bernard 95 clone fruit, grown on their Birdwood block have ever since underpinned these offerings and 2019 is a pure example. After Stealing Phil’s idea and methodology and kicking him to the gutter in 2009, I’ve honed my interpretation of my ‘Brother’s Ilk’ and made it my own. 2100 bottles have been handmade of the 2019 Brothers Ilk, each carefully hand packaged by team ‘david Franz.’ Please enjoy my bit of the “hills”, crafted in the Barossa!