Travis Bush Senior winemaker for Sticks wines in the Yarra Valley talks here about his range of wines. Stylistically the wines are fruit driven and show true varietal characters and where oak is used it is more complimentary than the driving force. Varieties include Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Cabernet.
A new addition to the Sticks range is a Dessert Wine a Botrytis Semillon which shows all the marmalade characters of botrytis but has a good acid structure that stops the wine from being too sweet and cloying.
No29 Cabernet Sauvignon is only produced in exceptional years when the fruit reaches the quality level required, one of those vintages was 2006 and Travis is expecting to produce this wine from the 2010 vintage. For those reasons there is not too much of it about so when you see it in retail take the opportunity to buy one to try and a couple to cellar for a few more years. Approachable now the full dark berry flavours, spicy fruit characters and fine grained velvety tannins will also reward your patience.
Travis also clears up some common questions regarding the differences between Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris which is a variety that to a lot of people is still an unknown. Sticks Pinot Grigio is about the fruit -made similarly to Sauvignon Blanc in stainless steel texture is developed through lees contact.
Pinot Gris is made in a similar way to a lot of chardonnay with oak fermentation (sometimes partial) which gives it a rounder mouth feel. Now over to Travis for a more in depth look at his range of wines:-