• The Bellwether Trio

The Bellwether Trio

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Sue Bell is a deep thinking winemaker. Her wines are specifically selected climate appropriate varietal matches. Sue loves the classics but dabbles on the fringe with emerging Mediterranean varieties. Fragrance, texture, mouthfeel and lower alcohol are features of all her wines. Bellwether is a special place, that celebrates wine, nature, food, art, history and fun in equal measures, based in an 1868 stone shearing shed, it is a true reflection of the 'things that matter' to Sue. 

Acknowledging and celebrating the ancient Aboriginal heritage of Australia and how that knowledge is sought to improve the culture of the Australian wine community and the long term connection and care for country is strong passion of Sue's.

With a degree in Oenology from Adelaide Uni and some postgraduate studies in Viticulture, she has worked for some of the smallest and biggest wine companies in the world. Over 25 years experience in most South Australian regions, Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales and vintages in California and Bordeaux. Sue is an active player in the Australian wine community, serving on numerous industry boards at a regional, state and national levels. A well respected palate, Sue was a Dux of the prestigious Len Evans Tutorial and regularly judges at wine shows, including chairing regional and National shows.

Her wines have won numerous medals and trophies, she was named Australian Society of Viticulture & Oenology Winemaker of the year in 2014 and nominated for Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the year in 2021. Sue is a proud graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program, saying it changed her life. A proud moment was winning the blue ribbon for veggies at the Penola Show. She can be found at Bellwether making wine, sour dough, gardening, cooking lamb or planning the next music gig or event.

A vibrant, juicy wine, released early so you can enjoy its’ youthful beauty.  Barbera has great acidity and tannin so it will live for a while. Grown by Peter Bird and Joe Drew.  Peter said it was wonderful to see the quality of this wine, a reward for daring to be different & dabbling in a new variety.  Peter planted this vineyard over 20 years ago, so ahead of his time! 40% Carbonic maceration for 12 days, all natural ferment, old oak puncheons. 
How good is Malbec - dark brooding colour, mouth-filling richness!
Grown by Peter Freckleton & Son. Wrattonbully is an amazing region with exceptional sites situated over world heritage listed limestone caves in the Limestone Coast. Blue fruit, floral, ironstone & earthy. Dark & brooding. Rich, round, mouth-coating tannins.
Tempranillo has shown itself as a great variety in Wrattonbully, aromatic, earthy & bright. This vineyard is 22 years old so a wonderful example of how good Tempranillo can be grown in a mature vineyard, with characteristic cool nights and warm days so perfect for this variety.
- Bellwether Wines