People ask me what kind of wine we make and I think the best answer to this question is to describe the philosophy behind our work.
I believe that great wine is real wine. Wine that is created by the vineyard and requires only gentle encouragement in the winery to transform the grapes into fine wine.
Therefore I believe in having mature vines of traditional grape varieties, planted on advantageous terrain and farmed diligently.
I manage the vines under the Sustainable Viticulture Program. This is environmental farming that avoids the use of chemical fertilizers and minimises the amount of spraying by disease monitoring and avoidance of broad-spectrum chemicals. Maintianing a living soil is also very important. This involves avoiding herbicides, applying organic fertilisers and ploughing only at certain times of year.
All our grapes are picked and sorted by hand and transported back to the winery in small cases to prevent the grapes from breaking in the heat of the vineyard.
My view on winemaking is to be as natural as possible. I use low levels of sulphur and avoid the addition of acid, fining agents and preservatives. I rely on healthy grapes and inert gases to protect the wines from oxidation or bacterial spoilage. The white wines are filtered only once or twice and fined only with bentonite to avoid protein haze. The red wines are not fined a all and just pass through a coarse filter at bottling.
No animal products are used and all the wines are suitable for vegetarians or vegans.
In order to work naturally and make great wine, it is even more important that the equipment is maintained and kept super-clean. I monitor and taste the wines regularly to pre-empt any likely problems.
Another aspect of our philosophy is that we are thoroughly independent. Our style is our own. We do all the jobs at the domain, from tending the vines, to making the wines, to designing the labels and building this website.
Our aim is to make wines that people - from amateurs to connoisseurs - can appreciate, afford and enjoy.