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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.


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.


The She-Oak Hill Label

Posted by Jane Leckie. Filed under Community

John's pen and ink illustration.

Created for She-Oak Hill by our friend John Spooner
Best known as the political cartoonist for The Age newspaper,  John was enthusiastic and gracious when we suggested he might create an illustration for our new label in 2008. In  fact he presented  several water colors and a number of pen and ink drawings for our deliberation.  So now in addition to collections in The National Gallery of Australia,  National Library of Canberra, The National Gallery of Victoria, The Victorian State Library Art, The Melbourne Cricket Club Museum and  private collections both in Australia and overseas,  John’s fine work enhances each bottle of She-Oak Hill Shiraz and Chardonnay.