Pinot Noir from a beautiful east-facing parcel right by the cellar, which bathes in the morning sun but benefits from plenty of shade in the afternoon. This is a blend of whole bunches and destemmed grapes, macerated gently for a fortnight before being pressed off to old casks for a year of rest. This is a light, lively take on the grape, with fresh, sappy fruit and a beautiful line of acidity at its core.
who – Tim Webber and Monique Millton (owners/winemakers/farmers)
where – Forest Range, Adelaide Hills
vineyards – 5 hectares of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Savagnin, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Garganega, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon planted on a 600 meter elevation ridge filled with quartz and mica, farmed biodynamically and without irrigation by Tim and Monique
winemaking – hand harvested grapes, no additions or subtractions at any time
labor practices – from Tim: Since we started the farm it’s been priority number one to see that the people working with us are paid good and well and of course in accordance with our Law. We are fortunate in Australia to have very fair pay for all workers, as well as clear set rules around Rights and superannuation entitlements. Not to mention free health care for all thanks to the work of successive Labour Governments back in the 80’s and 90’s.
As far as things happen on the farm - well we farm nearly 5 hectares of grapes, dry grown and low yielding. For that there is Mon and myself plus generally 3 to 4 permanent/part time staff.
We choose to work with locals to support our community and to help to continue the evolution and local knowledge of organic viticulture. We put a lot of effort into our relationships, training and conditions - ultimately staff here are also our family, and for felix too and so a close bond is important.