Saep Wines is the Adelaide Hills-based project of longtime wine-grower Dave Gartelmann. Dave is a great farmer that embraces all things organic and biodynamic and the wines he makes have superbly detailed finesse coupled with inherent drinkability. Alongside his own winemaking project Dave grows fruit for winemakers such as Gentle Folk, Jauma, Brackenwood and Das Juice. Having worked alongside Dave for our Das Juice project since 2019 we can attest that few are as committed to the conversion of vineyards from conventional to organic viticulture. He is deeply passionate about telling the story of terroir through his wines and his love for the Adelaide Hills streams through this release. All vineyards in Saep are organic, sustainable and respected with Dave using techniques such as grazing sheep over winter and compost addition to his approach.
The Saep project started for Dave in the early 2000’s where he would make small amounts of exciting plots from his own and managed vineyard sites. He took great influence in the early days from longtime friend Abel Gibson from Ruggabellus, where his shiraz releases see a great deal of familiarity. These days Dave makes several micro-cuvees each year out of the shed at Brackenwood Vineyard in Hope Forrest. All wines are wild fermented with nothing added other than a pre bottling sulphur in small amounts.
We are delighted to bring Dave’s release to you which includes two Shiraz cuvees and a wonderfully fun Basket Range Pinot Noir. Over the coming months we will welcome Riesling and Chardonnay to the mix.