David Traeger's Cellar

Baptista Governa  arrived in Nagambie in the 1870´s from northern Italy and began plying his trade as a cobbler, later to become the owner of a “wine saloon”; as well as a significant businessman in the timber industry in the region stretching to Heathcote. With an interest in the “fruit of the vine” he purchased a property adjacent to Major’s Creek at Graytown and in 1891 received a bounty from the government of the day to plant vines. As well as the vineyard he built a two level winery, which also has been in use for over a century.

Located on fertile well-drained alluvial loam soils underlain by ironstone gravels has meant that these vines have been able to flourish and produce continually since planting. With a relatively shallow water table and being on grafted vine stock ensures that even in warm dry summer conditions the vines are not at risk physiologically and continue to ripen fruit of the finest flavour and balance. Because of these benign conditions the vineyard is managed along organic guidelines with attention focused on ultimate quality.

David purchased the vineyard in 1993, after sourcing fruit from the vineyard from 1988 onwards. After a period of rejuvenation the first Baptista Shiraz was bottled in 1996 – being 2 barriques of wine bottled in Magnums, which are still cellaring for release in 2016.

Harvest occurs in mid April to early May with the fruit being hand picked at optimum grape sugars, allowing the maximising of flavour and grape tannins. The style has been determined primarily by the fruit produced and has evolved with the experience of the vintages since 1988. The aim is to fully reflect the ripe fruit of intense flavour and mouth feel garnered from these ancient vines, and then with minimal winemaking influence, with the exception of very fine oak, produce wine of subtle concentration, balance and finesse, length of palate structure and complexity.

Careful vinification using traditional methods, but with the benefits of technology, enables the production of wines of classic status. These wines will reward careful cellaring and the structure ensures that longevity with maturation is a certainty.