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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

 

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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.

 

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The Outstanding 2012 Estate Shiraz

Posted by Jane Leckie. Filed under Awards

It has been an exciting time for us at She-Oak Hill and our 2012 Estate Shiraz has been shining.

The release of the 2015 Wine Companion announced a score of 95 for this Shiraz and within the same week at the annual Heathcote Wine Show there was elation all around when having won a gold Medal  our 2012 Estate Shiraz in the Young Shiraz class, this wine went on to be awarded the Best Single Vineyard trophy for the same wine.

Our fantastic wine maker, Mark Hunter deserves a great deal of the credit for this result but as Mark very graciously said in a message of congratulations ‘you can’t make good wine without great fruit’ and noted the effort we put in to achieving this end.

If you don’t already have some 2012 Estate Shiraz in your cellar order on line sheoakhill.com.au or email jane@sheoakhill.com.au for an order form.

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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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