With a focus on soil rejuvenation and controlling weeds with nothing but a whipper snipper below the vines and a mower deck between them, the essential micro-organisms are allowed to thrive and aid the transfer of minerals from soil to vine and ultimately glass. The grapes are hand harvested in small crates and taken on a gentle tractor ride of no more than 100 metres to the cellar where they’re tucked into a refrigerated reefer for the night. Gravity is used to move the wine and there’s no filter on The Wine Farm or fining either. No additions apart from 20ppm of sulphur at bottling and if this can be avoided it will. Bottling is also done on-site with a gravity-fed hand bottling unit and sealed with natural cork and wax.
2018 Farm Wine Syrah Rosé
|Producer||The Wine Farm|
|Status||Australian Demeter Biodynamic in-conversion|
In 2014, Anna and Neil Hawkins poured their joint worldly effects into a small property they thought might just have everything they needed to start creating their own little world. Great soil, seven acres of vines, a big old shed and lots of bedrooms to fill. They immediately began farming organically.
Neil on purchasing the vineyard “One advantage of purchasing an existing vineyard is that for once age is on your side – in our case 20 to 25-year-old roots trucking up the all-important minerals from deep within the soil profile. We farm the vines without the use of insecticides, just copper, sulphur and a pair of hands to combat the mildews. With more emphasis on the latter pair than the former we harness nature’s predators, sun and air, to control powdery and downy mildew respectively. Under no circumstances whatsoever will we use herbicides, systemic fungicides or insecticides in our vines/on our property. The most important life on The Wine Farm (family and pets aside) is what crawls beneath the soils.”
|Wine||There’s lots of energy and pure excitement with this wine! The palate jumps with sour cherry, pink grapefruit and strawberry. It’s a racy pink wine that shines with well judged balance and life all at 10% alc/vol.|
|Tasting Note||Strawberry - Pink Grapefruit - Refreshing|
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