Archive for September, 2013

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.



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!



Vale Laurie

Posted by Jane Leckie. Filed under Vineyard

She-Oak Hill is deeply saddened by the death of our much loved and admired friend, teacher and inspiration,  Aurellio ‘Laurie’ Conforti who worked tirelessly at She-Oak Hill for thirty seven years. His integrity, knowledge and passion for our vineyard will be greatly missed. He will remain always in our hearts and among our vines.