Phil settled in Adelaide in the early 90s, and quickly utilised his drive and ambition to establish a manufacturing business that continued to grow until he sold it to an international company in 2008, just in time to avoid the losses of the global financial crisis.
Following a long held dream to own and work the land, and with a love of wine, he combined his passions, and began working the vintages in McLaren Vale to develop his knowledge and experiences. Having spent a significant part of his childhood at his grandparent’s farm, he continued to hope for his own acreage. The purchase of the property with vines in Blewitt Springs brought the dream into reality and so the small batch winemaker was born. Phil is very much hands on with all viticulture and winemaking processes and with every passing vintage Phil hones his skills to create a standout wine for you to enjoy and remember.
Phil is a member of the Sustainable Australia Wine-growing (SAW) program and is committed to caring for the local environment, and contributing to sustainable viticulture practices. Hence the vines are treated with minimum impact sprays and no pesticides.
Taborco Vineyard is set in the undulating hills of the McLaren Vale wine growing region, and in close proximity to the sea, Mt Lofty ranges and less than an hour from Adelaide CBD. Blewitt Springs is home to some of the oldest vines in the region, has the highest altitude of 150-210 metres, highest rainfall and coolest winters of the valley.
The vineyard was planted in three blocks- the first in 1998 comprising the 1654 Shiraz clone; the second in 2005 and the third in 2008, with both of these blocks using the Blewitt Springs clone. The vines are on east facing slopes with rows running north to south. The ancient sand in this area is the Burra Group, circa 750million years old. The mid and bottom of the block is sand over clay and the top is sand over laminated grey siltstone.
The size of the vineyard is approximately 18 acres of Shiraz vines, and produces 40 tonnes of grapes with the result being a robust, fruit driven wine with excellent cellaring potential.
The vineyard is currently in conversion to become certified as organic.