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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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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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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.

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