Alessandro Reserve Collection
Throughout July and August, we are featuring our finest selection of wines. The Alessandro Reserve collection 🍷
These wines are crafted in small batch from super premium parcels of fruit sourced from renowned wine growing regions across Australia. Our winemakers carefully nurture the fruit, using minimal intervention and the finest French and American oak.
The results are a collection of wines where the natural and unique characteristics of the vineyard, the variety and their superb growing conditions are expressed in glass.
These wines are crafted to savour with delicious food in good company and will reward with further cellaring, crafted for longevity.
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- Nonna Maria’s Meatball Recipe
- New Release Wines
- Special Offers
- Alessandro Reserve Masterclass
- Gnocchi Cooking Class
The Laureti way...
Alessandro Reserve Pays tribute to the Laureti’s winemaking heritage and in memory of a beloved father to brothers, Frank and Serge.
Alessandro produced wine in Italy before immigrating with his wife Maria to Australia in the 1950’s. This collection recognises the man for his principles in keeping life simple.
Wine has long been a part of the family culture, “Growing up there was never a meal without a glass of wine, it became the Laureti way of life” Frank says.
Alessandro believed in working hard and with passion, he delighted in time spent with family and friends, all the while enjoying the pleasures of good food and great wine!
Seventeen years ago, Frank Laureti was introduced to Saddler’s Creek Wines by a friend where he fell in love with the wines and became Club Equus member.
In 2015, Wendy and husband Frank and brother Serge became the proud owners of Saddler’s Creek Wines. Our goal was to make the best wines we could, expand the wine club with a focus on delivering what our members wanted and create a community where people can come together and share life’s simple pleasures… the Laureti way.
Saddler’s Creek Wines, remains a boutique and proudly family owned winery specialising in crafting premium wines.
Left to right: Saddler’s Creek Wines owners and family, Frank and Wendy Laureti, Irina and Serge Laureti.
Celebrating life's simple pleasures
It is still a cherished tradition to gather each Sunday at Nonna Maria’s home with the family and enjoy life’s simple pleasures.
Passionate conversations and delicious food including Nonna’s famous meatballs all enjoyed with a glass or two of wine.
At 92 years, Maria continues to cook with passion, nurture, and care for her family. Maria lives her life by following a simple philosophy – be good, be kind, be humble.
Left to right: Frank, Maria and Serge Laureti
Nonna Maria's Meatballs Recipe
- 500g Pork and Veal mince
- 1 Egg
- 2 Sliced of bread
- Milk to soak the bread (excess removed)
- Splash of red wine
- A handful of chopped parsley
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 1 Onion, finely chopped
- 1 Carrot, finely chopped
- 1 Celery stick, finely chopped
- 2-4 Garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 2 Diced tomato cans
- 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
- 2 Tablespoons milk
- 1 Tablespoon bread crumbs
- 500g Egg Pasta to serve
- Grated Grana Padano to serve
In a large bowl, soak the bread in the milk then combine all meatball ingredients together & mix thoroughly by hand. Coat hands in oil & wine to roll meatballs into 3cm balls, leave to rest while you make the sauce.
For the sauce, place a large pan over medium heat. Add the olive oil, onion, carrot, celery & garlic, then fry until soft. Add meatballs to pan and brown, then add the tomato paste & diced tomatoes. Simmer gently on low heat for 1–1.5 hours. Season to taste. Add 2 tablespoons milk 1 tablespoon breadcrumbs at the end & combine.
Serve with Egg Pasta and grated Grana Padano. A loaf of pane di casa & pair with Alessandro Reserve Shiraz… Salute!
Experience life's simple pleasures
Alessandro Reserve Lunch and Masterclass
Each Sunday in August
We invite you to Saddler’s Creek Winery in the Hunter Valley to experience the Laureti family’s hospitality. Each week throughout July and August, we will be hosting a Sunday lunch and guided masterclass so you too can enjoy life’s simple pleasures with your family and friends.
This is a private wine and lunch session with limited number of attendees. Presented by our wine expert Scotty, you will experience a guided tasting of our Alessandro Reserve Collection and enjoy a three course lunch with paired wines prepared by Saddler’s Eats award winning Chef – Jonathan Heath (Well Seasoned Catering).
$55 Club Equus Members / $65 per person
Includes: Three course lunch with matching wines and guided wine tasting of the Alessandro Reserve Collection
Please be aware this is an experience for guests 18 years and above only
Saddler’s Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV
includes- arancini balls, bruschetta, cured meats, mozzarella and pickled vegetables to be enjoyed with the tasting of each wine
- 2022 Alessandro Reserve Chardonnay
- 2020 Alessandro Reserve Shiraz (LHC)
- 2014 Reserve Shiraz (LHC)
- 2020 Alessandro Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (LHC)
- 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (LHC)
- 2017 Alessandro Reserve Shiraz (HV)
Lamb ragout gnocchi and Italian side salad- Panzanella
Pair this course with your favourite wine from above!
Saddler’s Rare Muscat NV
Alessandro Reserve New Release
2022 Alessandro Reserve Chardonnay
Region: Hunter Valley NSW Langhorne Creek SA
Succulent white peach, with juicy nectarines and a hint of grapefruit, it’s rich and elegant, the oak is gentle yet flavoursome and complex.
Through the use of delicate fermentation and battonage, we have been able to capture the generous fruit characters and lively acidity that these two cool climate terroirs produce. Subtle oak integration from six months maturation in a blend of new and seasoned François Frères Oak from Saint-Romain in Burgundy, France. A beautifully balanced and textural wine of refined finesse.
Crafted to be enjoyed now until 2027
Richer seafood, slow-cooked pork or vegetarian dishes.
Prawn Tortellini in a Prawn Bisque
2022 Alessandro Reserve Shiraz
Region: Langhorne Creek SA
Rich, exuberant and intensely flavoured. Deep blackberry, decadent red fruits and dark chocolate mocha. Full-bodied with concentrated flavours, enduring length and persistent tannins.
The Follett family have been growing grapes in Langhorne Creek for over 130 years. Synonymous for producing outstanding Shiraz with rich depth of flavour as a result of the unique terroir. Matured in 50% new and 50% seasoned American oak for 19 months.
Exceptional to enjoy now through 2032
Big, bold flavoured red wines like this Shiraz go well with richly flavoured dishes think pepper, smokey bbq, spice or game meats
Slow-cooked Venison Stew with Creamy Polenta
2022 Alessandro Reserve
Region: Langhorne Creek SA
Full bodied wine with fresh peppermint and sweet cherry, harmoniously balanced with the subtle hints of velvety mocha and ripe plum.
Carefully selected from the Pecador Vineyard in Langhorne Creek, planted in 2001. Maturation in a blend of 35% new and 65% seasoned American Oak for 21 months. Limited production of only 220 cases.
Exceptional to enjoy now through 2032
Foods with fat and proteins that require slow cooking pair well with big structured reds. The tannins complement fat on a molecular level and help to bring out the flavour of the food.
Braised Lamb Shank with Creamy Mash Potatoes