Vineyard

What’s not to love about Spring in the Vineyard?

Posted by Jane Leckie. Filed under Vineyard

Spring is a wonderful time in the vineyard, full of anticipation and promise. The vines literally ‘ spring’ to life after winter dormancy, growing  inches overnight it  seems. She-Oak Hill is alive with native birds and while the cockatoos have engaged in their typically destructive behavior we have generally managed to keep them out of the vines. The magpie families however are welcome guests.  Their endless sorties to gather meals for their increasingly raucous offspring helps keep the vines free of caterpillars, slugs and snails. Continue reading “What’s not to love about Spring in the Vineyard?” »

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Winter in the Vines

Posted by Jane Leckie. Filed under Vineyard

Morning dew

At She-Oak Hill we opt for labor intensive cane pruning of our vines to ensure balance and flavour enhancement of our wine. For the first time in 36 years Laurie has agreed to some assistance with the pruning. We have worked quite quickly through the old block and been blessed with reasonable weather conditions. The mornings can be cold and frosty but the dew on the wires and spider webs sparkled like diamonds last weekend as we worked to wrap the new canes down on the wires. Despite the hours pruning requires there is always time in the evening to enjoy the company of friends and some wonderful meals. On Saturday Russell’s lamb shanks and a beautifully balanced 2004 Passing Clouds were a true highlight.

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Do you want tears with your wine?

Posted by Jane Leckie. Filed under Vineyard

The 2011 vintage began with such promise. Full dams, spring rain and encouragingly vigorous growth of the vines. For the first time in years rainfall was not going to be an issue! How wrong can you be.
The rain kept coming, in January and February and March. After each downpour with its accompanying humidity it seemed pointless to compete with the cruel irony of nature. Ten years of drought then this! The growth on the vines was excessive, shading the fruit and creating hot, steamy conditions within the canopy. We worked for days reducing it and then it rained again, damaging leaves with late season mildew, so many fell off unassisted.
If not for the patience and support of our wine maker, Mark, I would have walked away from it like so many vignerons were forced to do this year. But with Mark’s encouragement we hung in there and on the Thursday before Easter – probably D Day for the season, in damp, cool and foggy conditions we picked a vintage that was surprisingly flavour ripe and with a very acceptable baume of 13.5.
So the tears have dried up and we look forward to reviewing the vintage from the barrels over the coming months. In fact the long, even ripening period will potentially produce an elegant, lower alcohol wine with characteristics truly reflecting the season. There I go again – there is always a silver lining.

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Pick up a bargain!

Posted by Jane Leckie. Filed under Vineyard

The very popular back vintages of 2005 and 2006 Shiraz under our old label are not available through the new website. However you can order them direct from Jane through the contact page or by phone. There are limited cases available at the great value, special price of $150 per dozen case inclusive of GST and delivery.  There are also some cases of 2007 Chardonnay looking for a good home for $100 per dozen.

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