PINTUPI 9

McLaren Vale

Caution: The story below may seem completely contrived, but it is true and further gives meaning to the uniqueness of Australia.

The year was 1984 and while the Soviet Union was boycotting the Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles and the first Apple Macintosh Computer goes on sale, a nomadic tribe called the Pintupi people were still wandering in the desert west of Alice Springs with no idea that white settlers had found their way to Australia over 200 years earlier. Nine remaining members of the ancient tribe were discovered living with nothing resembling the modern world. 



Eventually the Pintupi people assimilated to modern technologies and culture, which provided both a benefit and detriment to this tribe. They had access to medical care, clean water and better hunting tools, but also had the weight of modern society on them now. 

How does this relate to wine? The viticultural history of Australia is not indigenous and was brought by European settlers in the mid-19th century. It was the conversion of ancient lands with contemporary systems that brought global notoriety to Australia as a world-class wine country. Today, winemakers and vignerons alike have a foot in 21st century techniques with the other in the classic and traditional, thus preserving the 'way things were' for a 150+ year old winemaking history.

Pintupi 9 is a vision of many but the hard work of Steve Grimley, former head winemaker of Red Heads Studio and now heads up Loom Wines & his personal label Stamford & Clark. Steve grew up in the Barossa Valley but has a much larger wine viewpoint having worked for many years in France and South Africa in addition to nearly every region of Australia. He has taken classic Australian varieties and incorporated some old world charm through rarely used varieties.

Pintupi 9 is an amalgamation of modern meets tradition, new world with a touch of old, and quality meets value.

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