We’ve been following Steve Crawford (AKA Frederick Stevenson) for a few years now and are continually impressed by his commitment to showing a different side of common varieties in South Australia and putting his spin on some new(ish) ones too. What started as a side hustle and creative outlet from his day job at a larger winery is now standing firmly on its own two legs – although the moniker remains. In particular, we love Oddio – the combination of winery, cellar door and event space that he has created with fellow friend of Sometimes Always, Delinquente in the Adelaide city fringe. His style of winemaking is perfectly for their frequent summer community gatherings, where good friends, food and wine merge.
Winemaker: Steve Crawford
Frederick Stevenson was born in 2011, the alias for Steve Crawford, who got into the wine game the new fashioned way – by studying it at university. This led him to Europe, where he worked and travelled to wine regions across Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Austria to gain an understanding of the different nuances between country, region and producer. In each area, he cherry-picked his favourite techniques, methods and philosophies he encountered and embarked on his own winemaking path, starting with a Montepulciano that he made in his garage. From there, Steve has developed his range, built his reputation and forged his own path. Given the number of awards he’s won so far, it would suggest the path he’s picked is the right one.
Pinot Noir 2019
We love this wine because…
We love Steve Crawford’s Barossa Valley drops so we were excited to dive into his pinot noir from Summertown, Adelaide Hills. This is the real deal, with the winemaker helping the vineyard owners, Paul and Sarah Hill, go full organic. Some whole bunch, some de-stemmed, a wild ferment, a little sulphur. A juicy beauty here
Frederick Stevenson wines are sourced from vineyards across South Australia (namely Barossa, Eden Valley and Adelaide Hills) that are farmed organically or sustainably managed. The belief is that healthy vineyards make better wines. Given his particularities with their selection, Steve is getting to know his vineyards and understanding how to do the site’s justice in the winery. As such, each of his products have their own distinct artworks and identities, relating to the story of the vineyard and their journey in the winery.
Frederick Stevenson has been described as somewhat of a renegade of the wine industry, but in actuality, he is a rising star. Lamenting the limitations that corporate winemaking can have, especially for young winemakers, he’s committed to life in his own lane, blazing his own trail and collecting national awards along the way. His popularity with fellow wine trade and consumers alike could be attributed to his fresh take on both well-and-lesser-known varieties from South Australian regions. There’s no variety too mighty or too minuscule for Steve to put his stamp on. We can’t wait to see what he does next – and we’re not alone, it seems.