At Brennan, we feel the only way to produce wines of integrity is to have complete control at every step. We source our fruit only from our family vineyards, and make the wine on-site in our small winery.
The Brennans have always felt that Gibbston can offer the perfect conditions for making wine. While there is no doubt Gibbston is a challenging environment to grow grapes in, Sean has always been inspired by the great wines produced in this sub-region.
At harvest time, Sean already has a good understanding of the vintage, having monitored the vines throughout the season. Careful consideration is given to each variety and the style of wine to be made from it. Once picked, the grapes are tested for optimum acid and sugar levels, flavour and tannin profiles.
For our Pinot Noir, we begin blending in the vineyard, by selecting parcels of fruit which offer a range of complimentary characteristics and structural qualities. An intimate knowledge of the site allows for the true expression of the fruit, while the individual nature of the small lots shows a complimentary layering effect in the wine.
In the winery, each batch is vinified individually and treated to express the unique characteristics of the site and clone. This is then reflected in the layered complexity of the final wine. In the final blend, the parcels are brought together to form a wine that highlights the finest components of the individual lots upon a foundation of great structure.