718 Windermere Rd
In July 1994 we purchased the property. Sheena embarked on a 4 year degree course in viticulture/winemaking through Charles Sturt University. Every opportunity between then and February 2009 we travelled from wherever Tim was currently based, Chicago, London, Minneapolis, Amsterdam, Auckland back to our chosen spot to put the theory of vineyard establishment into practice.
The first vines were planted as rootlings in 1999 and yielded our first small crop in 2001. From then until 2009 we sold the grapes to allow the vines to mature before launching our own label.. With the exception of 6 tonnes of Pinot Noir in 2005 which was an exceptional vintage, so we would have an aged wine as part of our portfolio.
During these years we have learnt that the location of the vineyard and unique microclimate allows us to selectively harvest different clones at optimal flavour ripeness and acidity. Low yields and long slow ripening conditions result in wines with distinctive varietal intensity, elevated fruit spice and mineral complexity. To ensure the highest possible quality fruit, meticulous attention is paid to canopy management and vine nutrition. The vines are nurtured and pampered throughout the season by a dedicated team of local helpers with all pruning and picking done by hand.
The wines are a natural expression of our site and reflect the pristine surroundings and cool maritime climate displaying crisp fresh acidity and well defined fruit flavours.
We are able to selectively harvest different clones at optimal flavour ripeness and acidity. Low yields and long, slow ripening conditions result in our wines displaying distinctive varietal intensity, elevated fruit spice and mineral complexity.
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