The Vineyards

Manser Estate Vineyard

The Manser vineyard is a bit of an enigma. It stretches out over 16 acres starting at the top of the hill, rolling down into a shallow valley where the soil profile changes providing different conditions for the vines to grow. Add to this four different clones of shiraz planted randomly throughout the vineyard and you have a unique vineyard indeed showcasing a variety of different shiraz characteristics. This combination of clones, position and microclimates provides a varied pool of fruit which enables winemaker Phil Christiansen to make a complex, mouth filling wines. We asked Tim (former owner) which clones are where, his reply, “I can’t bloody remember but it went into Eileen Hardy Shiraz most years… good enough?” That’s fine by us; we’re excited to take this vineyard to new heights and look forward to harnessing its true potential.

Manser One Mad Moment Vineyards

Manser One Mad Moment is drawing fruit from two very distinctly different parts of McLaren Vale. Firstly, the McMurtrie Mile where we get the lovely chocolatey backbone this wine has always displayed. The second vineyard is in Blewitt Springs which gives Mad Moment a structure and sophistication I thought I’d spend ages trying to find. These 65 year old vines are stingy but oh, so good!

Meet the winemaker: Phil Christiansen

Despite no formal qualification in wine science, Phil’s love of wine and winemaking led him to produce his first barrel of wine in the back yard of Hardy’s Tintara in 1996, where he went on to become Master Cellarman.

Since then, and with vastly more experience and accolades under his belt, Phil and wife Lauren have developed a purpose built small batch winery on their 2 acre property in McLaren Vale, primarily working with quality small batch producers. Phil’s philosophy in winemaking is a non-interventionist approach with the wine predominately made in the vineyard, his job being to nurture it from vine to bottle. We love his philosophy of wine making and look forward to a long association.