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Do you remember this She-Oak Hill label?

Posted by Jane Leckie. Filed under Community, Vineyard

Recently we were delighted to welcome to She-Oak Hill  Karen and Tony who had been purchasers of our 1989 Shiraz. They had been searching for our wine since recently finishing the last of their stock,  which they reported had aged beautifully. It was wonderful to meet them, hear their story and help replenish their supply. If you have a story of past vintages of She-Oak Hill we would like to hear from you too.

This wine was made for the She-Oak Hill by Leigh Hunt at his Huntleigh Winery on Tunnecliffs Lane. Lee  purchased his vineyard on the same day as my father in law in 1974.  He made wine for Gordon Leckie Snr from 1984 through til 1990. We still have a few bottles of each of these vintages in our museum stock and open them to enjoy on very special family occassions

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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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Celebrating Wine Week

Posted by Jane Leckie. Filed under Community, Events

To celebrate Melbourne Wine Week, in the aftermath of the Royal Melbourne Show judging, Regional medalists were invited to join RMWA  medal and Trophy winners at the annual Uncorked event at Collins Place and to show their medal winning wines.

Promoted as ‘every wine lovers’ excuse to sip and savour over 300 medal and trophy winning wines from this year’s Royal Melbourne Wine Awards and regional Victorian wine shows’  it drew a big crowd.

The crowd at the Heathcote table was amazing and the feedback was fantastic. We had on tasting Peregrine Ridge Wine Makers Reserve  2005 Sparkling Shiraz,   McIvor Estate 2008 & 9 Shiraz,  Sanguine ’12 Progeny,  Heathcote Winery The Wilkins Shiraz 2010 and their Mailcoach Shiraz 2008 ,  She Oak Hill 2012  Shiraz and St Michael’s Fortified Shiraz.

The crowd loved the wines and the opportunity to talk to the people behind the wines, frequently commenting that a sales person just did not have the same insight, stories or passion for their product. I came back feeling so proud of  Heathcote and the point of difference we offer. I am sure we won plenty of new Heathcote enthusiasts on the night and it was a great experience to share the pouring with our fellow wine makers.

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Welcome to Heathcote

Posted by Jane Leckie. Filed under Community, Events

There are many exciting innovations taking place in Heathcote at present and I would like to share some of them with you.

The monthly Farmer’s Market is held under the shade of beautiful trees in Barrack Reserve on the 3rd Saturday of each month. You can support local growers of fabulous produce, enjoy a leisurely shopping experience and meet with friends to spend time in this lovely setting.  She-Oak Hill provides wine tastings and sales at the Farmer’s Market each even month this year.

On the same 3rd weekend of each month 12 of  Heathcote’s excellent cellar doors will be open as part of the Heathcote Cellar Door Experience. You are guaranteed a warm welcome at each of these cellar doors by people with a passion for their vineyards and the fruit of their labors.

I am also recommending you visit the delightful Heathcote Wine Hub @ Cellar & Store for great coffee, light meals, sundowners on Friday evenings during summer and of course the opportunity to taste the best of Heathcote’s wines. In the winter months there is a welcoming and cosy open fire place. On the long weekend in June, Heathcote Wine Hub will be a central point of the annual Heathcote on Show Weekend

The recently refurbished  Willow Room at Emeu Inn under its new management team – Jody at the front of house and her husband Brent by the stove – lifts the bar for dining in Heathcote.  I can recommend the breakfast, lunch and dinner menus having tried them all and thoroughly enjoyed each experience. The zucchini flowers are exceptional, delicately battered and cooked to perfection. Willow Room prides itself on featuring largely regional wines paired with exceptional local produce.

If you are extending your stay over night, the recently completed Cranford Cottage offers unique and luxurious bed and breakfast accommodation for 2 couples in the heart of the Heathcote wine region. Contact Cally by email – cranford@spreadingelm.net or phone 0418 342 957 for enquiries

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