Koltz Wines

Grower - Mark Day & Anna Koltunow

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Koltz_colour.jpg Koltz started its life in 1995 when Mark Day and Anna Koltunow made their first wine from the Bottin vineyard in McLaren Vale. Mark had previously worked with McLaren Vale stalwarts Wirra Wirra, Maxwell and had worked nine vintages around France and Italy and it was the later that sparked Mark’s passion for all things Italian.

The tiny Koltz vineyard is located in cooler Blewitt Springs sub-region of McLaren Vale and sits at an altitude of 200 metres with soil being sand on ironstone gravel.

Mark’s winemaking is influenced by traditional Australian techniques with fermenting in open vats and basket pressing as well as traditional Italian technique of appassimento (air drying the grapes) showing through in 'The Pagan' with the Shiraz being dried on bread racks for between 6-8 weeks and ripasso (passing over) 'The Wizard' which is passed over the skins of 'The Pagan'.

The combination of the cooler site and Mark’s techniques give wines of finesse and character and they sit well outside the mainstream of traditional McLaren Vale wines.

Region: McLaren Vale, SA
Country: Australia