Following a successful first round ‘Project 5255’ the industry leading initiative is back for vintage 2022.
The first round of Project 5255 delivered three exceptional wines, one of which saw South Australian winemaker Charlotte Hardy of Charlotte Dalton Wines take home the top gong of Young Gun of Wine.
Shining a spotlight on the Langhorne Creek wine region, Project 5255 allows winemakers the chance to discover a grape growing region that they may not have explored before to create a limitededition small-batch wine under their own label.
In its first vintage, Rob Mack of Aphelion Wines, Charlotte Hardy of Charlotte Dalton Wines and Turon White of Turon Wines delivered a Malbec, award-winning Fiano and Grenache, each receiving high praise from wine writers around Australia.
Following her involvement with Project 5255, Charlotte Hardy continues to work with Langhorne Creek fruit to deliver her Fiano which sold out within weeks of being released. Similarly, Turon White has committed again to his spicy, deep cherry note Grenache.
Charlotte Hardy said, “I found the project to be one of those uplifting things you are lucky enough to do in your career that really changes your thinking and direction. I could not recommend this project more.”
“I entered the Langhorne Creek Project 5255 Fiano as one of my two wines for Young Gun of Wine – and won it – that seems like a pretty good endorsement!”
Langhorne Creek Grape & Wine Winemaker Committee Chair, Sam Watkins said the project was hugely successful and after global recognition, was back to entice emerging or established winemakers to explore the region once again.
“We didn’t anticipate the level of interest we received for the inaugural Project 5255 which saw us receive more than 20 winemaker applications,” Sam said.
“The calibre of the applicants was outstanding, and the three finished wines created a real buzz in the industry nationally which is something we’re extremely proud of.”
“We even received feedback from an overseas wine region asking if they could replicate the program. Showcasing the terroir of the Creek and its premium fruit was always our number one objective and we think it’s doing just that.”
Seasoned Langhorne Creek award-winning wine veterans support and mentor the successful applicants throughout the process.
Langhorne Creek is one of Australia’s largest viticulture regions and is home to multi-award-winning wines and wineries. Anyone with a Producer’s License is eligible to apply for Project 5255.
Applications close at midnight November 15, 2021.
For full criteria and an application form visit https://www.langhornecreek.com/project-5255