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It was inevitable that after 37 years under various guises in the wine industry that Andrew, with his wife Bobby, should get involved in making and creating their own wine label. Caillard Wine specialises in Barossa Valley Mataro and Shiraz.
In 2008, inspired by the great experimental South Australian red wines of the 1950s and 1960s we chose to produce a single varietal Mataro (the Australian synonym for Mourvedre). It was then only natural that 5 years later, in 2012, we should also try our hand at Shiraz.
Our aim is to make wine that is delicious to drink, different and pleasing. To achieve this, we source our fruit from exceptional vineyards in the Barossa Valley.Caillard Wine is a small family run wine business. Evolving from our first vintage of Mataro in 2008, we now also make a Shiraz and a Cabernet.
Andrew Caillard MW
Dr Chris Taylor
I love and am inspired by the paintings of the impressionists and post impressionists particularly. And, like them, I too am influenced by oriental artists of that time. I absolutely love the pure colours, negative spaces, the composition and aesthetics of the natural environment particularly the flora and fauna.
On our labels, my subject matter increasingly distils the Australian landscape with our own motifs, but without being overly cliched or corny. Hence I have been using Australian native birds but using the tail feathers as a symbol of the silky length and flavour persistency of Mataro.
Much of this type of art was made during the early to late 19th centuries - the same time Mataro was introduced and flourished in South Australia.
Every year the Mataro label painting changes and I draw inspiration from my own environment where I live work and travel including the Barossa Valley.
Caillard Shiraz 2015
James Halliday - Australian Wine Companion
“Off to a flying start, for it tastes and feels as if the alcohol is closer to 13.5% than 14.2% (the latter far from unacceptable). Likewise, the French oak maturation has left the black cherry, plum and blackberry fruits in total command. It is supple, medium-bodied and perfectly balanced, the tannins whisper-smooth."
Caillard Mataro 2014
Tony Love - 'Top 100 Wines for 2016', The Advertiser, July 2016
"In varietals like this (Mataro) can be such a joy to sit down and relax into its dark, crumbled earth and five-spice set of smells plus the whiff of old kitchens where the pots have been bubbling with beef stew – and then you sip in its rich, soft and warming ooze. This is one of this winter’s finest."
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