We called the first wines “Sq Root”. There is a rude old Australian saying which aptly describes individuals or groups who know little or nothing about anything. They are described as knowing “about three quarters of five eighths of the square root of bugger all” or words to that effect! That’s how much we knew when we started this venture. What began as an affair of the heart and a holiday in Toro in the north of Spain has matured into a magnificent viticultural affair.
The Vermentino, the Fiano, the Tempranillo and the Montepulciano represent the very best of “climate change” varieties from both Italy and Spain. The terroir is typical of Sardinia, d’Abruzzo, Venetia and the north of Spain.
The wines are superbly constructed and balanced. They revel in gustatory combination with Mediterranean antipasto, fresh seafood, pate and crusty bread. Just bring your friends for an unforgettable meal.
At our very first awards shows, we are pleased to announce the recent accolades that the Sq Root Vermentino has received. Thank you to all of you who have laboured so hard and contributed to these results. Thank you also to all those who have been faithful supporters. We look forward to new vintages and future awards!
Royal Queensland Wine Show
Bronze Medal …. 2014 Sq Root Vermentino
Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show
Australian Small Winemakers Show
Silver Medal …. 2016 Sq Root Vermentino
Silver Medal …. 2014 Sq Root Vermentino
Bronze Medal …. 2013 Sq Root Vermentino
Queensland Wine Industry Association Show
Bronze Medal …. 2014 Sq Root Vermentino
We have spent hours designing the labels. Our earliest iteration is the SqRoot theme. The central element is the stylised vine in the shape of a mathematical square root. The first vintage bears a single leaf on the vine. As subsequent vintages are produced, an additional leaf appears. When we get to our tenth vintage, we will place a single gold leaf on the vine and start the process again. The coloured squares symbolise the strength of the tradition, the shape of the sandstone and the firmness of our resolve. The magnificent old homestead complements the imagery. Just click onto the QR code on the label and explore The Overflow 1895.
The Overflow Estate 1895.
Although the first four vintages exceeded our expectations, excelled at a National level, and have brought enormous pleasure and success, the SqRoot name just failed to resonate as hoped. It has an earthy origin that craved repeated explanation. If we were not there to explain, the impetus was lost. The eye was drawn to the colour, shape and design of the label but the true meaning was lost.
In addition, the name SqRoot had no real connection with the history, interest and agricultural facets of The Overflow. The founding family, the Joyce’s, created a heritage of inestimable value. It deserved recognition. It also adds tremendously to the value of the brand. We have added “1895″ to the name because that’s when the Joyce family first arrived. The pastoral, mining, forestry and quarrying activities are now the essence of The Overflow 1895.
The vineyard is the newest addition. It brings vibrancy, life,zest and a connection with the terroir. Whilst an integral partner in the entire operation with its sibling activities, it has become our jewel. Therefore it has become The Overflow Estate 1895. What better name could our precious wine have?
The new label has been created by Lachie Goldsworthy, a good buddy of Sam’s. It represents the gun metal grey mountain ranges that form our boundary, the brilliant deep blue of Lake Wyaralong and the pure spiritual crispness of the environment created on this magical island.
The Overflow Estate 1895 – Montelpulciano 2016 – NOW AVAILABLE!
The Overflow Estate 1895 – Fiano 2016 – NOW AVAILABLE!
The Overflow Estate 1895 – Vermentino 2016 – NOW AVAILABLE!
Sq Root Vermentino 2015 – SORRY… SOLD OUT!!
Sq Root Vermentino 2014 – SORRY…. SOLD OUT!
Sq Root Fiano 2015 – AHH SORRY AGAIN… ARIA HAS EXHAUSTED OUR SUPPLIES!
Sq Root Montelpulciano 2015 – SORRY… SOLD OUT!
Sq Root Tempranillo 2013 – SORRY… SOLD OUT!
Sq Root Vermentino 2013 – SORRY… SOLD OUT!