Basket range, Adelaide Hills,  South Australia

Proprietor:  Sally and Anton van Klopper (Partnership)
Year of Establishment: 2003
Size of Estate: 1.6 hectares plus arrangements to manage and buy fruit from 15.4 hectares of vineyards
Av. bottles/annum: 70,000

Website: lucymargauxvineyards.com

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Although we are changing the practices of our growers, it's only our own wild estate that has the highest level of integrity. We have never watered the vines, sprayed anything or added anything to the wines except SO2 at bottling (all the wines are made without additions or filtration or fining and our property has never had commercial yeast allowed on the premises).

 

Sadly, for now, people don't take care enough of the wines that we can omit this small sulphur addition in a hot climate; Australians don't believe in cool-shipping.


 

VINES

Lucy Margaux

Size
2 hectares
% of your production
2%
Owned
Harvested by hand
Dry grown
Soil/s
Red Clay over petrified schist or sandstone
Varieties planted
Pinot Noir
Training system
TBA
Fertilizer
Horn Manure, Horn Silica (compost preparations used in compost)
Pest control
None
Weed control
None
When was it converted to natural farming
2003

 

Little Creek

Size
3 hectares
% of your production
8%
Rented
Harvested by hand
Dry grown
Soil/s
Red Clay over ironstone and sand stone with some quartz crystals
Varieties planted
Pinot Noir
Training system
Vertical Shoot Positioning
Fertilizer
None
Pest control
Sulphur
Weed control
None
When was it converted to natural farming
2012

 

Jaspers Vineyard

Size
7 hectares
% of your production
17%
Rented from this year
Harvested by hand
Irrigated
Soil/s
Red Clay over ironstone and sandstone with some quartz crystals
Varieties planted
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Nebbiolo
Training system
Vertical Shoot Positioning
Fertilizer
none
Pest control
Sulphur
Weed control
None
When was it converted to natural farming
2013

 

Jims Vineyard

Size
2 hectares
% of your production
6%
Owned
Harvested by hand
Dry grown
Soil/s
Aluvial Sandy loam on Sandstone
Varieties planted
Pinot Noir
Training system
Vertical shoot positioning
Fertilizer
Horn Manure, Horn Silica
Pest control
Sulphur
Weed control
Yes - Baster
When was it converted to natural farming
Not yet
Will the vineyard ever be converted? If so specify time frame
2015

Pooks Vineyard

Size
8 hectares
% of your production
26%
Buying fruit
Harvested by hand
Irrigated
Soil/s
Red Clay over petrified schist
Varieties planted
Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Pinot Blanc, Sangiovese
Training system
Vertical shoot positioning
Fertilizer
none
Pest control
Sulphur
Weed control
Mechanical
When was it converted to natural farming
2014

 

 Morialta

Size
3 hectares
% of your production
11%
Buying fruit
Harvested by hand
Dry grown
Soil/s
Red Clay over ironstone
Varieties planted
Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon
Training system
None
Fertilizer
none
Pest control
Sulphur
Weed control
None
When was it converted to natural farming
2013

 

Monomeith Estate

Size
2 hectares
% of your production
3%
Buying fruit
Harvested by hand
Dry grown
Soil/s
Red Clay over sandstone with some quartz crystals
Varieties planted
Pinot Noir,
Training system
Vertical shoot positioning
Fertilizer
none
Pest control
YES - Ridomil Gold
Weed control
Yes (Baster)
When was it converted to natural farming
Not yet
Will the vineyard ever be converted? If so specify time frame
2015

Felgate Vineyard

Size
4 hectares
% of your production
10%
Buying fruit from
Harvested by hand
Dry grown
Soil/s
Sandy Loam over limestone
Varieties planted
Merlot, Cabernet
Training system
Vertical shoot positioning
Fertilizer
none
Pest control
Sulphur
Weed control
none
When was it converted to natural farming
2010

 

Chappel Valley Vineyard

Size
4 hectares
% of your production
10%
Buying fruit from
Harvested by hand
Dry grown
Soil/s
Alluvial sandy Loam over sandstone
Varieties planted
Pinot Noir
Training system
Vertical shoot positioning
Fertilizer
none
Pest control
Sulphur
Weed control
none
When was it converted to natural farming
Not yet
Will the vineyard ever be converted? If so specify time frame
2015
 
 

Wines

Wildman Pinot Noir

2015
Variety
Pinot Noir
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Morialta
Days of skin contact
3 to 8 weeks
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
2500Lt 3 year old Barrels for 7months
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
Magnum Sans Sulfite, 750ml 18ppm

Gris Gris

2015
Variety
Pinot Gris
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Pooks
Days of skin contact
8 weeks
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
7 months in clay amphora
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
Magnum Sans Sulfite, 750ml 18ppm

Jims Chardonnay

2015
Variety
Chardonnay
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Jims Vineyard
Days of skin contact
None
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
7 months in clay amphora
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
Magnum Sans Sulfite, 750ml 18ppm