David Bowley created Vinteloper in 2008 and spent a decade sourcing grapes across South Australia and farther afield while renting cellar space and popping up in temporary urban wineries in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney (the legendary Urban Winery Project). Firmly established as one of the country’s leading young lights, a two-time winner of the prestigious Pinot Palooza festival, in 2018 finally Vinteloper found a home of its own in Cudlee Creek, only for the vineyard to be decimated in the December 2019 bushfires. The rebuild has already begun and David and his team including winemaker Alyson Tannenbaum – shortlisted for the 2020 Young Gun of Wine – are determined to return better than ever.
"Buying older vintages of their wines will help, and this 2017 Touriga Nacional is a good place to start. ‘Wild’ fermented, unfiltered and unfined it sees 25% new oak and is bright and perfumed with ripe plum fruit, liquorice and spice. Drink now-2025.” 92 points