Hadyn and Darcy’s adventures in Western Victoria

This is the story of high school friends Hadyn Black and Darcy Naunton (the Ginger), whose daily lives since school couldn’t have been more different. Hadyn returned home to the Great Western to pursue his love of wine, while Darcy, raised in Perth, moved to Melbourne to pursue a career in finance and technology.

They share the love of the great outdoors of Western Victoria. During camping, four-wheel driving and fishing trips, the thought of creating their own winery led to the initial purchase of a tonne of grapes, for what became the 2015 Black & Ginger Malakoff Vineyard Shiraz.

2019 marks the start of a new chapter in this adventure, with Hadyn leaving behind his job at Best’s of Great Western to concentrate full-time on Black & Ginger.

Jump here to the Gee Rizz Riesling-Gewurztraminer or Sugarloaf Road Shiraz, or scroll on!

Current and previous releases have mostly been from contract grown fruit. This will be increasingly complemented with home grown grown from the Hounds Round vineyard in Rhymney, a property in the Great Western Hadyn bought with his partner Lucy Joyce in late 2016.  It will play a major role in the future offer of Black & Ginger. The beautiful 2017 Lily’s Block Shiraz (named after Hadyn’s mother) was off a well-tended part of this site, and a promise of good things to come. Riesling is the traditional companion of Shiraz in the Grampians, and we can expect to see more of this from Black & Ginger in the near future!

Hadyn has a traditional approach to winemaking, prefering to stand back when possible, with extra care and effort at times that matter. The releases so far have shown an increasingly soft touch, resulting in lovely, detailed wine. The Shiraz wines tend to get a couple of days of cold soak, various degrees of whole bunch, and are inoculated with a select yeast to ensure they are fermented dry. Open fermenters, gentle punch downs, basket presses and old French oak puncheons complete the picture. All of the wines are vegan friendly.

A little bit more on the current wines:

Black & Ginger Gee Rizz Riesling-Gewurztraminer

Black & Ginger Sugarloaf Road Shiraz

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