It all began with the planting of wine grapes in 1999.
The Vineyard, Winery and Cellar Door
After removing some old table grapes from the farm, Warren and Sue set about preparing the ground and hand planting their red varieties of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The old patch of black muscat grapes were restored in order to make some wine from them. In the next two years, they planted Mourvedre and quickly decided that there was enough work there to keep them busy.
The winery equipment was purchased to begin their first vintage in 2000 using grapes purchased from Ballandean Estate. For the first three years, they purchased grapes in small quantities whilst their own vineyard matured. A few stainless steel tanks, a couple of barrels, a basket press, a mono pump and some bottling equipment was the beginning of the winery, producing only a few tonne at the time. Production ramped up when the harvest of their own grapes began in 2004. Production now sits at around 15 tonnes each year.
The cellar door was renovated from on old historic packing shed that many locals remember as a dance hall and used by the nearly Wyberba school. Four years for renovations and repurposing for the cellar door, it was officially opened in April 2003. A warm and inviting space where you can sample the current range of wines and during vintage check out the winery operations as it is attached to the winery. When you visit the cellar door, you can:
We planted our vineyard in 1999 starting with the traditional varieties of Merlot, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. We also had a patch of old bush grown Black Muscat grapes which Warren resurrected by mowing them down with a chain saw, re-trellising and training them onto a cordon wire. We have never planted white varieties hence we source all our white grapes from local grape growers.
Over the years we have modified our practices and now use a minimal impact philosophy apart from our labour! Some new practices include:
- soil moisture monitoring
- compost production from winery waste
- minimal irrigation
- minimal herbicide applications
From little things, big things grow! Starting with just a milk vat, a crusher, a manual basket press and a couple of barrels, we’ve extended the winery and now run out of space. Now we need a new shed.
Our production has increased slowly to meet demand. In the beginning we made only 4 wines however now we have 10 wines in total. More tanks, more barrels, a new shiny basket press (pneumatic) and a screw cap machine. How lucky are we.
Merlot has the classic characters of ripe cherries and red berries with bright crimson hues. It features fine soft tannins backed by some silky oak characters.
An elegant Shiraz that is hand plunged in open fermenters before being basket pressed and racked into barrels to complete the malolactic fermentation.
The fruit used to produce this wine was sourced from the Rosemary Hill vineyard west of Stanthorpe. The nose features fresh fruit characters of pineapple and passionfruit.
The fruit used to produce this wine was sourced from Bungawarra Wines and were whole bunch pressed and then the juice was separated into individual ferments.