Heathcote on Show -long weekend in June

Posted by Jane Leckie. Filed under Community, Events, Vineyard

We invite you to join us at the unique little Cellar Door in the garden of the stylish gift, homewares and fashion store, Rutherford & Maine, in the High St in Heathcote.

We will be at this lovely venue over the long weekend in June for the exciting Heathcote on Show event. Come by to sample our recent releases and revisit your favourite vintages. Wines will also be available by the glass, bottle or boxes and orders can be made for delivery to your home or office. Check out the link to this event and plan your day trip or stay in the region. There is a wonderful prize to be won and every 6 pack of wines you purchase at the participating Cellar Doors enters you in the running to win. We look forward to seeing you at :

Rutherford & Maine     91 High St Heathcote

Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th and Monday 13th – 10am til 4.30pm



Barrel Tasting of 2015 vintage

Posted by Jane Leckie. Filed under Community, Releases, Vineyard

One of the most pleasurable tasks of a vigneron is tasting the batches of wine from the barrels. Each year under the guidance of our fabulous wine maker, Mark Hunter, we go through this process to decide whether or not to make a Reserve wine.

The batches may be different blocks of the vineyard, old vines or young vines. They may have had different oak treatments – new oak barrels or previously used oak or they may have experienced different wine making techniques – length of time on the skins, whole bunches added uncrushed etc. The fruit may have been picked at varying points of ripeness.

We don’t always make a Reserve Wine but the fruit from the 2015 Vintage was exceptional so the decision was to produce 50 cases.  The ’15 vintage will be bottled in July this year. Look out for it. I was too busy tasting and making notes to capture the serious part of the business when, of course, we are not adulterating the wine flavours and aromas with food but this photo captures the more relaxed assessment of the 2014 vintage which we are about to release.



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


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.

1 comment