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Another top Winestate Award

Posted by Jane Leckie. Filed under Awards

We are delighted to announce that the 2010 Estate Shiraz has been awarded 5 Stars in Winestate Magazine’s new release tastings. This elegant wine will be reviewed in the September/October Edition of Winestate Magazine and has been nominated for the Wine of the Year Finals. We will keep you posted.


The Sounds of Harvest

Posted by Jane Leckie. Filed under Community, Vineyard

I love the sounds which accompany harvest – the rumbling vehicles of the pickers arriving pre dawn to begin the day’s work,  the warning signal of the tractor as it moves ahead of the team with bins ready to accept the ripe and sticky fruit, the rhythmic snip as bunches are culled from the vines and  the intermittent calls of  ’bucket!’ indicating another 15 kls of fruit is ready for collection.

Most especially I love the sound and tone of friendly chat among the vines. People who may not see each other from one harvest to the next exchange news of their  family, holidays and health. They chat about hobbies and interests – last week it was quilting and the restoration of vintage motor bikes that seemed predominant. They congratulate us on the quality of the fruit and of course I am particularly pleased by this but Julian says they probably say that to all the fruit producers they work with!  While our team of local pickers, many of whom have worked among our vines for many years, all know each other they warmly and quickly welcome new comers and draw them into the conversations. The buzz of the gossip continues throughout the morning but becomes quieter as the day progresses and the focus concentrates on completing the days pick. While harvest is a busy and exciting time for us it is the friendships that are formed and the sharing of chat that makes it most meaningful.
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Visit us at the Harvest Picnic at Hanging Rock

Posted by Jane Leckie. Filed under Events

She-Oak Hill invites you to join us in the Heathcote Winegrowers Marquee at  The Age Harvest Picnic,  Hanging Rock.

A unique opportunity to meet 10 Heathcote winegrowers and taste their wines in this beautiful setting on Sunday the 26th of February.

We look forward to sharing our amazing Shiraz and introducing you to our very new and exciting  2011 Rosé



Véraison in the vines

Posted by Jane Leckie. Filed under Vineyard

Welcome to the New Year and a new season at She-Oak Hill. Warm, sometimes very warm, sunny days and a strong breezes have kept the vines tracking along towards ripeness. This time of the season is called veraison by the French. The fruit is changing  colour and the vines are drawing on their reserves of starch to fill the bunches with flavor and sugars. Continue reading “Véraison in the vines” »