We want to use intuitive winemaking on premium parcels of fruit to make gritty, textured, natural wines... we’ve found that if you have great fruit, the best wine is made by doing bugger all.
Dave Mackintosh, Co-Owner/Winemaker
About the Wine
Salo is the project of two of the Yarra Valley's most loved winemakers - Steve Flamsteed (of Giant Steps fame) and Dave Mackintosh (Arfion main man).
This 2016 Chardonnay is the perfect, high-quality example of what these two brilliant winemakers are trying to achieve. The fruit comes from the cooler Gladysdale sub region of the Upper Yarra Valley, with all the hard work being put in in the vineyard rather than the winery. It's very simply whole bunch pressed into old, large format oak, with wild yeasts no additions.
It's a natural, energetic, highly characterful Chardonnay, expressing the slightly wild side if these two wonderful winemakers. A great release of this delicious wine.
Salo is a collaboration between two of the Yarra Valley’s finest winemakers: 2016 Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year Steve Flamsteed and front man of cult-favourite Arfion, Dave Macintosh.
For talent and experience in this region, there aren’t many who come close to this formidable duo. Their wines are only ever made in small batches, usually 200-250 dozen at a time, and represent a meeting of the minds of these two winemaking superstars.