2020 Frederick Stevenson Morbinos

Introducing Steve Crawford's 'Morbinos' – a rare gem blend of Malvasia Istriana, Malvasia Bianca, and Vermentino, offering a sensory adventure of passionfruit, mango, and exotic spices.

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Here's an exciting rare bird from Steve Crawford, aka Frederick Stevenson - his debut release of 'Morbinos'.

Picked during the lockdowns at the Parish Hill vineyard in the Adelaide Hills, it's a blend of Malvasia Istriana, Malvasia Bianca, and Vermentino. With 4-5 days on skins and 9 months in older oak, it's uber-textural and bursting with flavor.

In the glass, prepare to be wowed. Passionfruit, green mango, exotic spices, buttery dough, lemon curd, nougat, and citrus oil dance on the palate. It's a sensory adventure from start to finish.

A rollercoaster of a wine from this talented, adventurous winemaker!

Morbinos -> crazy (in a lively and fun sense) in Friulano direct of Italian.
Vintage 2020 - picked in lock down times.
Parish Hill Adelaide Hills
Malvasia Istriana - 46%
Malvasia Bianca - 39%
Vermentino - 15%

On skins for 4-5 days. Pressed to older oak, left undisturbed for 9 months, 1 month in stainless then bottled Feb 2021…..
Idea is to be textural and accentuate the fruit characters of the Malvasia without venturing into orange / dried out territory.
Malvasia Bianca brings the racey acid and sweet tropical fruit spectrum. A loud guy at the party. Malvasia Istriana is a bit more of a wall flower, takes a fair bit longer to get to know, but is interesting and layered.

"Passionfruit, green mango, exotic spices, scotch finger biscuits (buttery dough), lemon curd, nougat & citrus oil.
Oily upfront, into sweeter fruit, w spiced tannin and fresh / race acid. Textural w a nice long finish." - Steve Crawford

Frederick Stevenson

Steve Crawford started his Barossa label under the pseudonym of Frederick Stevenson whilst working at a larger winery.

Now, flying solo, Steve's minimalist, vibrant vinos are garnering plenty of attention for the lighter shade of the region that they portray.

He looks for vineyards that are farmed organically or sustainably, believing that healthy vines make better wines. And little tinkering in the winery preserves the natural brightness and personality of the sites he works with.

Steve is an exciting producer and firmly part of the Barossa avant-garde movement.

Winemaker Steve Crawford - Barossa Valley, SA Discover Frederick Stevenson

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