Killibinbin is one brand in the Brothers in Arms portfolio. We are family owned, estate producers from Langhorne Creek in South Australia, which is the largest premium cool climate region in Australia. Killibinbin means to shine and be bright and the wine styles are slightly flamboyant and definitely contemporary.
A state of the art winery was built just in time for the 2002 vintage as we outgrew the facilities of outside wineries. Having control of the wines from the soil to the bottle gives us great satisfaction. We understand how each parcel of fruit came to be and where certain distinct characteristics may be found. This is invaluable when it comes to blending the wines, building each layer of texture and flavour to create styles which we believe best showcase our estate and the Langhorne Creek region.
The winery itself is a unique facility designed and built based on our philosophy that whatever we do, we do it well from the start. The initial stage of the winery can be expanded at any time but we’re in no hurry. Our focus is on quality rather than quantity, being effective and efficient.
A key feature of the winery includes the set up for small batch treatment to express the personality of the vineyard. We have computer-controlled fermentation and everything post fermentation where possible is gravity transferred by a lifting tank – so there is minimal pumping after fermentation which is gentler on the blend. The fermenters were also tailor made and there is capacity to ferment 200 tonne at any one time. This efficiency which gives us more time for quality control.
The most notable thing about Langhorne Creek is the ability to grow premium quality grapes with a minimal amount of fuss. The climate is warm enough that we don’t have to endure some of the cool climate headaches such as devastating frosts, labour intensive canopy management or inclement weather associated with late harvest dates. Instead we avoid the risk of frost damage in the spring and are able to grow our vines as a hassle free sprawl, and enjoy a relatively early harvest time while still producing the same quality fruit found in cool climates.