Tomfoolery is the project of Barossa young guns and best mates Ben Chipman and Toby Yapp. In 2004 they started a friendly production project with 1 tonne of old vine Shiraz, producing the first bottling of the 'Artful Dodger' Shiraz, for which they became instantly renowned. Over the following vintages the boys expanded their production to include Pinot Gris, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Mataro, Tempranillo from the Barossa, and Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir from the Adelaide Hills.
The Tomfoolery winemaking philosophy is simple: small parcels of fruit, hand-crafted through a simple and relatively non-interventionist approach with the aim to truly reflect the individual characteristics of the vineyard and variety; wines made with old world simplicity in a new world region. Ben counts Robert O'Callahan as a mentor and has worked vintage at Jean-Louis Chave in Hermitage.
Mike Bennie from The Wine Front describes Tomfoolery well... "The irreverence of the name Tomfoolery belies a serious intent to produce wines of the Barossa Valley with a deft touch, respect for old vine culture and an eye on the pursuit of ultimate drinkability. These are wines that celebrate texture and expression over the supreme notion of balance, preferring to reflect vineyard character over winemaking artifice. The enjoyment factor is high with these wines, the exploration a reward."