Archive for March, 2017

Save the Date

Posted by Jane Leckie. Filed under Community, Events

Looking forward to seeing you at what is shaping up to be a very exciting event. She-Oak Hill will be back at the lovely Rutherford&Maine tasting space in High St, central Heathcote

 

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Vintage 2017

Posted by Jane Leckie. Filed under Community, Vineyard

What a difference a year  makes. The 2016 vintage was  done, dusted and in the  winery by the 17th of  February.

All  the fruit which survived  the  rigorous fruit thinning  program we carried out to  preserve the remaining crop  from the heat and relentless  drought was picked in one day,  Chardonnay & Shiraz both ready at the same time.

There was a widely held belief amongst vintners that you would need to move to Tasmania with its cooler climate if you wanted to remain in the industry.

This year, after plentiful winter rains, the She-Oak Hill vines are taking their time edging  slowly towards the ripeness and sugar levels we are asking of them. Warm, sunny days, clear skies and cool nights are encouraging the fruit to take its time to achieve full flavour and we are sitting around, planning morning teas, yelling at birds and writing posts! while we wait for the much anticipated action to begin.

Buckets, snips, tractor, bins and a winery full of new oak barrels all wait patiently for a start date. It only needs those damned birds to stay away from the fruit.

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