Farmer’s Leap was born when Scott Longbottom and Cheryl Merrett took the leap to plant vines on their Padthaway land in 1993, applying the know-how handed down from three generations of farmers. Today the winery has 130 hectares devoted to Shiraz alone, but believe me, the quality has not been affected. As a cooler region, Padthaway offers ideal growing conditions for those possessed of more old-world growing sensibilities. And the results have been stellar. The careful grape selection for the Padthaway Shiraz results in a rich, ripe and vibrant wine with generous and intense mouth filling flavors. Careful oak maturation results in subtle wood aromas. But this is no oak-bomb. Rather there is finesse and the terroir influence cannot be mistaken. The wines of Farmer’s Leap are bold and have exciting cellaring opportunities. Moreover, the soft finish makes them easy to drink with a wide range of foods.