The Tomfoolery adventure began in the sweltering heat of 2004 harvest between best mates Ben Chipman, Toby Yap and a tonne of old vine Shiraz. With some generous assistance from friends the fruit was picked, destemmed and basket pressed to produce the first ‘Artful Dodger’ Shiraz.
Over the following vintages the boys expanded their production to include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Eden Valley Riesling while also acquiring their third business partner and close mate, Christian Canute.
winemaking philosophy is simple small parcels of fruit hand crafted through a simple and relatively non-interventional approach with the aim to truly reflect the individual characteristics of the vineyard and variety. Most importantly Tomfoolery is about having good times with good friends.
- Artful Dodger – Shiraz
Dust Up – Cabernet – Sauvignon
Monkey Business – Cabernet Franc
Skullduggery – Shiraz/Mataro
Son of a Gun – Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz
Trouble & Strife – Cabernet Franc Rose
High Cotton – Viognier
Cut & Run – Late Picked Riesling