Archive for April, 2014

Queen’s Birthday Weekend – 7th through to 9th of June

Posted by Jane Leckie. Filed under Community, Events

The Queen’s Birthday Weekend on the 7th, 8th and 9th of June offers the opportunity to see the best of our region during Heathcote on Show.

She-Oak Hill  will be at Heathcote Wine Hub doing tastings on Saturday afternoon.  From 5.30 we will be with Peregrine Ridge providing wine at an evening of Film and Shiraz  RED OBSESSION – The vintage of the century in the year of the dragon when wine becomes more valuable than gold.  Tickets $35 pp. includes Film, Dhaba Food Van’s curry & rice + one glass of wine/beer. 5.30pm Saturday 7th June at the Mona Lisa Gallery, Heathcote. Bookings Essential through Sherrie zuheros@bigpond.com or 0417 598 460

We will also be providing wine tastings at the fabulous Willow Room’s Pop Up Wine Bar on Sunday the 8th during the exciting program Jody and Brent have arranged for Heathcote wine enthusiasts over the weekend.

We look forward to meeting up with you at this annual event and if you would like to drop by She-Oak Hill vineyard during your visit (and perhaps bring a picnic), contact  us  to discuss arrangements and we will do our best to accommodate you.

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After harvest

Posted by Jane Leckie. Filed under Vineyard


Since the end of harvest I have been trying to capture an image of  the peace that descends on the vineyard after vintage – but it has proven a challenge.

How can you visually reproduce the sigh of relief when the fruit is safely in the winery, the tractors are silent, the crowds of pickers have finished their work and the gas guns are turned off?  When the rising temperatures and  blistering winds are no longer an issue.

Gone is the tension created because the new barrels are held up by customs until the day before we start picking and the stress caused by the kangaroos recently developed appetite for grapes because there is so little other moisture around in a season where there were 36 mls of rain between the beginning of January and vintage in mid March.

It proved impossible to record the tranquility of an evening when the buckets are sterilized and stacked, the snips are counted and oiled and the kites are removed from their poles, the sugar testing equipment is stored away and the remnants of seemingly countless morning teas are cleared away.

So it is time to just breathe deeply and enjoy the quiet calmness – until next season.

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