If anyone thinks making wine is a quick way to make money, they know nothing about the Australian wine industry. Drought, flood and locusts and countless other blights have turned many a winemaker’s dream to a nightmare. When three accountants in the Barossa began Cat Amongst the Pigeons, many thought they might go the same way.
Cat Amongst the Pigeons produces wine from grapes grown in the Barossa and Eden Valley zones. Chief Winemaker, Nick Badrice oversees the three ranges, Barossa, Fat Cat and Jazz Cat. Barossa born and bred Nick, he knows what magic the Valley can produce with patience and attention to detail.
He honed his craft in Spain over three vintages, learning how the Spanish deal with a terroir not dissimilar to the Barossa.
Renowned across the globe for incredible Shiraz, the Barossa is also home to the world’s oldest Grenache vines. The cool climate and rich soil also provide ideal conditions for Pinot Grigio, Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The deep, red 2017 Fat Cat Shiraz is pure, bottled Barossa. That big, bold full flavoured style with rich plum and spicy notes and a little oak for good measure. Good drinking now with even better to come.
The 2018 Eden Valley Chardonnay is sure to win over even the Chardonnay sceptics with a style all its own. You can taste the winemaker’s craft in this one. Somehow Nick Badrice has created a fruit forward wine that’s bold, delicious and intriguing. Invite your favourite Sauvignon Blanc tragic over for a roast chicken dinner and dazzle them with this wine’s unique richness. One to savour.
Disclaimer: This Magnificent Life was supplied these wines for review.