Our grape growing philosophy is to use sustainable biological management practices in our vineyard. We use a minimal spray application programme to prevent disease, and we do not use pesticides. Under-vine grasses and flowering plants are retained providing habitats that encourage predatory insects and insect diversity throughout our vineyard. We compost our winery and garden waste, and use this compost back in our vineyard and in our gardens.
Our winemaking philosophy is to keep it simple, using hands-on, traditional artisanal winemaking techniques and minimal additions in the winery. We utilise extended yeast lees contact with our white wines and the additives that we do use are all natural. The way we manage our red ferments is very labour intensive, but the results in terms of colour and flavour intensity are well worth the hard work. Our red wines are fermented in open topped fermenters, with a portion also fermenting in barrels to add extra complexity. We utilise a traditional basket press for pressing off our red ferments once they are dry.
For us, it all comes back to terroir, the French concept that encompasses everything to do with growing a grapevine, the soil, the micro climate and the aspect of the land, as well as how the grape vine is trained and nurtured. The terroir has a major influence on the flavours, style and structure of the final wine made from those grapes. So, it’s vitally important to match the grape variety with the ideal terroir for that variety. Get this match right, and the wine that you make is of the highest quality possible.
Some of our grape varieties we grow ourselves in our Whicher Ridge and Tapalinga vineyards, and others we source from grape growers with whom we have a close working relationship, who share the same passion and dedication to growing quality grapes as we do. The end result for us is that we grow and source the grapes for our wines from three wine regions in Western Australia, spread across the wine regions of Margaret River, Geographe and the Great Southern.
Pin 1: Our Whicher Ridge vineyard is in the Geographe wine region. With it’s rocky gravelly ironstone sandy loam soils and cool evenings in summer, we planted sauvignon blanc, viognier, petit verdot, malbec, mouvrèdre and cabernet sauvignon.
Pin 2: Our Tapalinga vineyard is in the Margaret River wine region. With it’s milder summer temperatures and cool nights, combined with gravelly sandy soils, this is perfect for the slow ripening of the intensely flavoured shiraz and cabernet sauvignon varieties which are planted here.
Pin 3: The Langley vineyard in the Geographe wine region, with it’s warmer temperatures and deep loamy soils produces shiraz with a soft velvety mouthfeel and intense blackberry and cherry fruit flavours which are ideal for making the Odyssey Garden Shiraz.
Pin 4: The Powderbark Vineyard is in the Great Southern wine region. It’s warm summer days and cold nights, along with it’s lean sandy loam granitic soils, produces shiraz with intense blackberry flavours with a peppery aromatic lift, essential for making our Long Road Shiraz.
Pin 5: The Clairault Vineyard in the Margaret River wine region grows the chardonnay grapes for both the Whitetail Sparkling and Henry Road wines. Soils are similar to our Whicher Ridge vineyard, but the aspect is more undulating. It produces grapes with a high natural acidity, with crisp pear, lemon, white nectarine, and apple flavours.
Pin 6: The Knotting Hill Vineyard, also in the Margaret River wine region grows Malbec and Semillon. The gravelly ironstone soils produce grapes with earthy, blackberry and plum flavours perfect for the style we are aiming to make with this new wine.
Our label is inspired by a photo taken by Neil of our vineyard. The large marri (red gum) tree stands proudly in the top corner of our vineyard. The lightning bolt on the label and on our logo is about our ESP, our Energy, Strength and Power.
The lightning bolt striking the ridge is symbolic of our energy that has gone into developing and nurturing our vineyard to produce grapes of the very highest quality, and the energy that goes into the making of our wines. The strength and power of the lightning bolt also represents our unique partnership of an experienced viticulturalist and a highly skilled winemaker, with an enduring passion for what we do, and why we do it.