Mount Gambier, South Australia

Proprietor: Andrew Burchell/Brock Alford
Year of Establishment: 2014
Size of Estate: 18.6 hectares
Av. bottles/annum: 3,000

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Two mates, Andrew & Brock, who wanted to grip the earth with their toes and use permaculture and biodynamics to create a community where they could be proud to raise their families. Our dream is to inspire home grown eating and drinking that nourishes the land and share it with the community.

 

Located in Mt Gambier, an inactive volcano filled 77 meter deep with water that changes colour with the seasons, arising from an ancient inland sea made into limestone and now receiving water from the Grampians mountain range into underground caves with pockets of flint.

 

We make wines that reflect the eccentricities of our personalities and place without additives (including sulphur) or electricity preferring the challenge of hand picking, hand de-stemming, hand pressing and moving wine by gravity.


 

VINES

Lewis (Clos de Intentions)

Size
2 hectares
% of your production
TBA
Rented
Harvested by hand
Irrigated
Soil/s
Volcanic/Limestone
Varieties planted
Pinot Noir
Training system
Trellised/spur pruned
Fertilizer
Own biodynamic preparations, sheep manure, green manure (clover and vetch), mulch, humus (worm castings), compost from winery waste
Pest control
Some copper and sulphur
Weed control
Mechanical (mowing, slashing and sheep grazing
When was it converted to natural farming
Beginning 2015

 

Coola Road

Size
50 hectares
% of your production
41%
Buying fruit from
Harvested by hand
Irrigated
Soil/s
Sandy Loam/Flint/limestone
Varieties planted
Sauvignon Blanc/Pinot Gris/Pinot Noir
Training system
Trellised/spur pruned
Fertilizer
None
Pest control
Copper and sulphur plus DiPel
Weed control
None
When was it converted to natural farming
Not yet
Will the vineyard ever be converted? If so specify time frame
We will continue to try and convince the farmer, He's using minimal impact conventional methods. Aim is for all our parcels to be converted at the very least.

Seddon Ridge

Size
90 hectares
% of your production
44%
Buying fruit from
Harvested by hand
Irrigated
Soil/s
Sandy loam/Flint/limestone
Varieties planted
Riesling/Semillon/Shiraz/Pinot Noir/Chardonnay/Pinot Gris
Training system
Trellised/cane pruned
Fertilizer
None
Pest control
Copper and sulphur plus DiPel
Weed control
Herbicide once after pruning, flint rock piles under the vines suppress weeds.
When was it converted to natural farming
Not yet
Will the vineyard ever be converted? If so specify time frame
We will continue to try and convince the farmer, He's old using minimal impact conventional methods. Aim is for all our parcels to be converted at the very least.
 
 

Wines

Relatively Red

2015
Variety/ies
Shiraz/Semillon/sauvignon blanc
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Seddon Ridge 75%/Coola road 25%
Days of skin contact
 Red - 1 day, white - 1 week
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
Stainless steel for 6 months
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
TBA

Relatively white

2015
Variety/ies
Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Seddon ridge 50%/Coola road 50%
Days of skin contact
1 week
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
6 months in 300 Lt barrels that are at least 5 years old.
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
TBA

Riesling

2015
Variety/ies
Riesling
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Seddon ridge
Days of skin contact
5 days
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
Stainless steel for 6 months
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
TBA

Pinot Noir

2015
Variety/ies
Pinot Noir
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Coola Road
Days of skin contact
2 weeks
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
6 months in 300 Lt barrels that are at least 5 years old.
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
TBA

Pinot Gris

2015
Variety/ies
Pinot Gris
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Coola Road
Days of skin contact
2 weeks
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
6 months in 300 Lt barrels that are at least 5 years old.
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
TBA

Petillant Pop

2014
Variety/ies
Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Seddon ridge
Days of skin contact
1 week whole bunch/ 1 day on skins
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
6 months in 300 Lt barrels that are at least 5 years old. Plus 7 months in stainless steel
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
18ppm

Amphora Blanc

2014/2015
Variety/ies
Semillon/sauvignon blanc
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Seddon ridge
Days of skin contact
3 days
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
8 months in a clay amphora
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
Zero