Serafino “Steve” Maglieri came to Australia from Sepino, Italy as a 17 year old, and just like so many of the Europeans who came to our shores seeking a bright future planted some vines with his father whilst working the land with orchards and other vineyards. It wasn’t long before he established Maglieri Wines. Ultimately success brings change and the brand “Maglieri” was sold to then Beringer Blass (now Treasury Wine Estates, the independent wine arm of Carlton & United Brewing) in the late 1990s. Out of the ashes, the phoenix of Serafino Wines rose after Steve acquired the McLaren’s On The Lake complex. Steve’s daughter Maria now has the reins, and the family expanded the winery to be a complete venue incorporating conference facilities, quality restaurant and accommodation, all surrounded by towering 200 year old gum trees. Charles Whish joined as winemaker in 2008. Whilst never losing focus on traditional McLaren Vale varieties Shiraz and, of course Grenache, Serafino acknowledges familial Italian past and vinous Australian future with plantings of Fiano, Vermentino, Pinot Grigio, Moscato, Sangiovese, Lagrein, Primitivo and Nebbiolo.
The winery is also hosting International Grenache Day on the 19th of September 2014 with master classes hosted by James Halliday, regional tastings and more to celebrate the diversity that is Grenache.
Serafino Sorrento Shiraz, 2013
The labelling a nod to Steve’s loves: the township of Sorrento in Italy and the church of San Gennaro, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The tactile label vividly recalls the distinctive motif of the shingles of the duomo.
Bright red and black fruits, almost jubey but not confected, with coffee essence savoury balance framed by burnt end woody notes. Generous, lovely drink now style displaying balance of red fruit cherry and darker plums. There are food friendly almost sandy tannins giving sufficient body. Perfect for sharing and good value for $20.
RRP: $20 Alc: 14.5%
Serafino Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012
Savoury black olive hit me first, then blackberry and herbaceous briar notes. Then the polish of oak threw the cosy blanket across the lot. Gorgeous varietal savoury and sweet lilts. Juicy mulberry, blackberry and poised blackcurrant. A big hit of McLaren Vale camp fire ash/smoke along with black olive seriousness. Some lick smacking acidity giving cut and thrust if paired with roast beast.
A little primary at the moment as the tannins take centre stage and the American oak a touch spicy, but this suggests a good frame for longevity.
RRP: $26 Alc: 14%
Serafino Reserve Grenache, 2012
Plentiful heady perfume. Lots of juicy red fruit with florals of lavender and cabbage rose. Wrapped in a soft oak treatment cuddle. Long raspberry, deep warm strawberry with a touch of savoury black fruit complexity. Highlights of nougat and rosewater. Generous mouthfeel from 14.5% alcohol but without heat. Mouth watering acidity with super fine tannins. Balanced, poised, concentrated and polished.
RRP: $40 Alc: 14.5%
All wine samples courtesy of Serafino Wines