A STORY ABOUT TWO BROTHERS COMING TOGETHER

What’s the worst a little sibling rivalry could bring? A few bruises and a couple of stitches are all part of the joys of brotherhood! We couldn’t have been more different, opposites in every way. Until wine came into our lives…

Brothers at War Wines began in 2013 with a tonne of grapes and two brothers’ vision to create world class wines with unique expression, using small parcels of exceptional fruit from some of the Barossa’s greatest characters.

While only in their 20s, Angus and Sam Wardlaw could be considered veterans of the winemaking game, having had access to the vast knowledge (and cellar) of their ‘old man’, David Wardlaw, a pioneer of Barossa winemaking. Then there’s older brother Andrew, who started his winemaking career in the 90s and before long was producing some of the first natural wines in the region.

Picking up childhood friend Matt Carter (who has long performed the role of referee between the brothers), and Eden Valley vigneron Chris Alderton along the way, Brothers at War has grown into an award-winning wine label.

Together, this group of family and friends are looking to the future, adding new varieties and styles to the Brothers at War portfolio and staking their own claim in wine, while keeping a family tradition alive (not without a few fist fights here and there!).

WHo's Who

ANGUS WARDLAW – WINEMAKER

Born into a winemaking family Angus had a love of wine from an early age, spending time picking fruit and stomping on grapes with older brother Andrew Wardlaw. After his first vintage in 2009 at Dorrien Estate, he was hooked and wine became his destiny. Four years of experience later he started at Kirrihill Wines in the Clare Valley. Angus has a love for the Eden Valley region and believes this region will be the future of the Barossa. His winemaking philosophy is to take a minimalist approach and believes it all begins in the vineyard, if you get this right then the rest is easy

SAM WARDLAW – PRODUCTION

The older of the Brothers at War, Sam’s love of wine arrived a little later in life. Even though the vineyard was still the place to be growing up, learning all he could from big brother Andrew, it was when just out of school that the bug started to bite when Sam joined “the old man” at Premium Wine Bottlers learning the production side of the industry. His first vintage beckoned in 2009 at Murray Street vineyards, with one of the Barossa’s most famous names, Andrew Seppelt, spending the next six years learning about the winemaking process.

 

MATT CARTER – SOME OTHER GUY

Matt, like the two Brothers at War, grew up in the Barossa and was always best mates with Angus from a very young age…he just wasn’t at war with him! Matt’s mum married Steve Lindner and that’s how his love of food and wine began. Steve had grown up at the then family winery St Hallett, soon learning to love a good vino at a young age and gaining an understanding of the importance of the wine culture in the Barossa. His career path was a little different, he was a cellar hand at Colonial Wine for a couple of vintages, then embarked on a career in civil construction. Matt is now running various large infrastructure projects around the country, but as soon as he has a spare minute, a glass of Brothers at War Cabernet Sauvignon and a cheese platter is always by his side…often being the “peacemaker” of the Brothers at War.

 

CHRIS ALDERTON – VIGNERON

Having grown up on a family vineyard in Sunraysia, Chris gained an appreciation for balancing production and fruit quality. During University holidays Chris worked vintages for some of the biggest wineries in Sunraysia, with roles including grower liaison, cellar hand and in the lab. His studies in Environmental Science have strengthened his understanding of soils and water management. Chris supplied the first tonne of fruit to Brothers At War and has continued to supply quality fruit ever since.

 

RECENT AWARDS

BROTHERS AT WAR
Trophy Best Small Producer 2016 Barossa Wine Show

5 Star James Halliday 2018-2019

NOTHING IN COMMON RIESLING
2015

Silver Medal 2015 Royal Hobart wine show

Bronze Medal 2015 Barossa Wine Show

2016

Bronze medal 2016 Riesling challenge

Bronze medal 2017 Small Winemakers Wine Show

94 points James Halliday

2017

Silver Medal 2017 Riesling challenge

Bronze medal 2017 Adelaide wine show

Silver Medal 2017 Small Winemakers wine show

Silver Medal 2018 Riesling Challenge

Silver Medal 2018 International Cool Climate Wine Show

90 points James Halliday

92 points Campbell Mattison 2018

Silver medal 2018 Barossa Wine Show

Bronze Medal 2018 Riesling Challenge

THE GRAPE GROWER RIESLING
2018

Bronze medal 2018 Royal Melbourne wine show

Adelaide Review SA hot 100 wines

THE FAVOURITE SON CHARDONNAY
2018

Bronze medal 2018 Royal Perth Wine Show

MUMS LOVE ROSE
2016

Bronze medal 2016 Barossa wine show

90 points James Halliday

2017

Bronze medal 2017 Barossa Wine Show

Bronze medal 2017 Small Winemakers wine show

Advertisers Hot 100 wines

Silver Medal 2018 International Cool Climate Wine Show

90 points James Halliday

SINGLE VINEYARD EDEN VALLEY SYRAH
2015

Gold Medal 2017 Barossa Wine show

Top Gold 2018 International Cool Climate Wine Show

94 points Campbell Mattison Wine Front

96 Points James Halliday

SINGLE VINEYARD BAROSSA VALLEY SHIRAZ
2015

95 points James Halliday

SOME OTHER GUY GSM
2017

Bronze medal 2018 Barossa wine Show

Bronze Medal 2018 Royal Perth wine show

90 points Campbell Mattison Wine Front

THE OLD MAN SYRAH
2017

Bronze Medal 2018 Royal Perth Wine Show

Silver Medal 2018 International Cool Climate Wine Show

Silver Medal 2018 Barossa Wine Show

92 points Campbell Mattison Wine Front

I’M ALWAYS RIGHT CABERNET
2014

Silver Medal 2015 Barossa Wine show

2015

Gold Medal 2016 Barossa Wine show

Trophy Best Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Barossa Wine Show

95 Points James Halliday

2016

Silver medal 2017 Barossa Wine Show

Gold Medal 2017 Small Winemakers Wine Show

94 points James Halliday

2017

Bronze Medal 2018 International Cool Climate wine show

Bronze Medal 2018 Royal Perth Wine Show

Silver Medal 2017 Barossa Wine Show

FIST FIGHT SHIRAZ
2013

Silver Medal 2015 Barossa Wine show

2015

Gold Medal 2016 Barossa Wine show

95 Points James Halliday

2016

Silver medal 2017 Barossa Wine Show

Silver Medal 2017 Small Winemakers Wine Show

2017

Silver medal 2017 Barossa Wine Show