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Sunshine and Wine

Posted by Jane Leckie. Filed under Events

The sun was shining and the crowds came out for the 2013 Heathcote Wine and Food Festival . We had a fantastically busy day on the Saturday, catching up with loyal followers of She-Oak Hill and making new friends.

From all accounts the Master Class addition to the Festival was well attended and most informative. Furthermore  the focus on local produce in the food area was a great success.

Sunday was a little more relaxed, thank goodness, and the conversation flowed along with the wine tasted.

As usual it was a great opportunity to welcome people to the unique and wonderful wines of the Heathcote Region, to share our wine with enthusiasts  and of course to sell our wine into collectors’ cellars. But most importantly the Festival provides us with the opportunity to share our stories of the different vintages, the trials and tribulations  of managing a vineyard and the joy and pride we experience when things come together in a wonderful wine. If you shared the weekend with us, thank you for your support. If you missed it make sure you get to ‘Shiraz Heaven’ next year to develop your understanding of the wines you love to match with your food and share with your friends.

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More Gold at the Inaugural Heathcote Wine Show

Posted by Jane Leckie. Filed under Awards, Events

At a glittering dinner of local produce the awards for the Inaugural Heathcote Wine Show were announced.  To our delight all 4 wines we entered received medals and the recently bottled 2012 Estate Shiraz was our highlight, receiving a Gold Medal in the Young Shiraz Class. With a score of 55.5 /60 and the judges commenting ‘rich,spicy,gorgeous’  we could not have been happier. Well deserved congratulations also to our talented wine maker Mark Hunter who took home the Grand Terroir Trophy for  outstanding success across a range of vintages.  An exciting start to a tradition of Heathcote Wine Shows we hope.

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The Heathcote Wine & Food Festival-first weekend in October

Posted by Jane Leckie. Filed under Events

We invite you to join us at the annual Heathcote Wine & Food Festival to celebrate another year of great wine.  She-Oak Hill will have on tasting our very impressive 2012 Shiraz, winner of Gold medals at both the inaugural Heathcote Wine Show held in August and the Small Vignerons Awards. Of course your older favorites will also be available. We look forward to a great weekend as always, meeting new friends and catching up with long- time supporters of our wines and sharing the results of our labors. Book on line for the early bird discount.

 

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Welcome to a new growing season

Posted by Jane Leckie. Filed under Vineyard

Visitors to the vineyard and tasting events regularly ask  ’Is this the quiet time at the vineyard?’

In response I usually roll my eyes. Work at the vineyard continues throughout the year. We seem to have just finished three months of pruning and the tiny buds have burst from the canes so it is time to apply protection from fungi to maintain the vine health. Like a child at kindergarten our small block of Chardonnay is particularly susceptible to pests in the form of damaging moths and fungus infection which can spread to the Shiraz if we are not vigilant in our crop protection.

The warmer weather encourages the growth of grasses in the vineyard so mowing is an ongoing task for fire protection during summer and to provide clear access to the vines.

In a few months the vines will flower and move on to set fruit. At this time we will thin out bunches and manoeuvre the canopy to ensure sunlight and air can penetrate the rapidly developing fruiting shoots, supporting the development of fruit with the ideal characteristics for fine wine making.  And this just takes us up until the beginning of December!

 

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