Adelaide Hills,  South Australia

Proprietor: Janet and Erinn Klein
Year of Establishment: 2001
Size of Estate: 6 Hectares (Vineyard) 70 Hectares (Farming)
Av. bottles/annum: 30,000

Website: www.ngeringa.com

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At the base of the Mount Barker summit along the southern end of the Adelaide Hills sits a small straw-bale winery. To either side nestle three small vineyards. The vines are small by design but they are sturdy and glowing with the health and self-sufficiency that their biodynamic condition harnesses. A small herd of Scottish Highland cattle graze in the neighbouring paddocks, with hay and grain growing in additional fields.

 

Sheep roam the vineyard in winter and a flock of chickens and guinea fowl remain permanent residents amongst the vines. A small orchard and large vegetable garden give fresh produce to the vintage crew and to one of Adelaide’s top restaurants. This is Erinn and Janet Klein’s way of life and it is the way they create wines of distinction, with vitality of fruit and of a traditional style with elegance and structure. This is NGERINGA.


 

VINES

ILLUMA VINEYARD

Size
2 Hectares
% of your production
33%
Owned
Harvested by hand
Irrigated
Soil/s
Micaceous schist amidst a shallow sandy loam over red-orange clay
Varieties planted
Syrah, Viognier and Sangiovese
Training system
Vertical shoot positioning
Fertilizer
Biodynamic compost preparations and Green manure in some seasons. Also manure from sheep grazing.
Pest control
Minimal copper, sulphur in combination with whey and fresh and fermented teas plus BT for light brown Applemoth
Weed control
Mechanical plus grazing sheep
When was it converted to natural farming
1988. Certified biodynamic

 

SUMMIT Vineyards

Size
3 Hectares
% of your production
50%
Owned
Harvested by hand
Irrigated
Soil/s
Micaceous schist amidst a shallow sandy loam over red-orange clay
Varieties planted
Syrah, Viognier and Sangiovese
Training system
Vertical shoot positioning
Fertilizer
Biodynamic compost preparations and Green manure in some seasons. Also manure from sheep grazing.
Pest control
Minimal copper, sulphur in combination with whey and fresh and fermented teas
Weed control
Mechanical plus grazing sheep
When was it converted to natural farming
1980. Certified biodynamic

 

 

RUFUS VINEYARD

Size
1 Hectare
% of your production
17%
Owned
Harvested by hand
Irrigated
Soil/s
Rocky red ironstone and schist over clay
Varieties planted
Sangivese, Nebbiolo, Tempranillo, Syrah, Aglianico
Training system
Vertical shoot positioning
Fertilizer
Biodynamic compost preparations and Green manure in some seasons. Also manure from sheep grazing.
Pest control
Minimal copper, sulphur in combination with whey and fresh and fermented teas
Weed control
Mechanical plus grazing sheep
When was it converted to natural farming
1980. Certified biodynamic

 

 

 
 

Wines

JE WHITE

2014
Variety
Chardonnay
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Summit
Days of skin contact
None, Whole bunch pressed
Filtered
Yes, Plate and Frame Depth Filtration
Fined
No
Elevage
12 months in 228 litre barriques with anaverage age of 4 years
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
<60mg/L
 
Certified Biodynamic with NASAA

NGERiNGA CHARDONNAY

2012
Variety
Chardonnay
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Summit
Days of skin contact
None, Whole bunch pressed
Filtered
Yes, Plate and Frame Depth Filtration
Fined
No
Elevage
12 months in cement tanks
12 months in 500 litre French oak plus 228 litre barriques with anaverage age of 4 years
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
59 mg/L
 
Certified Biodynamic with NASAA

NGERINGA VIOGNieR

2013
Variety
Viognier
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Illuma
Days of skin contact
Yes, average 5 days
Filtered
Yes, Plate and Frame Depth Filtration
Fined
No
Elevage
12 months in 228 litre French barriques with anaverage age of 4 years
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
69 mg/L
 
Certified Biodynamic with NASAA

NGERINGA ROSE

2014
Variety/ies
Syrah, Sangiovese
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Illuma, Summit and Rufus
Days of skin contact
Mostly whole bunch pressed
Filtered
Yes, Plate and Frame Depth Filtration
Fined
No
Elevage
12 months in 228 litre barriques with anaverage age of 8 years
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
57 mg/L
 
Certified Biodynamic with NASAA

NGERINGA PINOT NOIR

2013
Variety
Pinot Noir
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Summit
Days of skin contact
21 days average
Filtered
Yes, Plate and Frame Depth Filtration
Fined
No
Elevage
12 months in 228 litre barriques with anaverage age of 3 years
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
52 mg/L
 
Certified Biodynamic with NASAA

JE SYRAH

2011
Variety
Syrah
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Illuma, Summit and Rufus
Days of skin contact
14 to 28 days
Filtered
Yes, Plate and Frame Depth Filtration
Fined
No
Elevage
12 months in 228 litre barriques with anaverage age of 5 years
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
67 mg/L
 
Certified Biodynamic with NASAA

NGERINGA SYRAH

2012
Variety
Syrah
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Illuma
Days of skin contact
12 to 28 days
Filtered
Yes, Plate and Frame Depth Filtration
Fined
No
Elevage
30 months in 500 litre French oak plus 228 litre barriques with anaverage age of 3 years
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
59 mg/L
 
Certified Biodynamic with NASAA

NGERINGA ALTUS

2009
Variety/ies
Viognier, Pink Semillion, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Summit and Illuma
Days of skin contact
3 days
Filtered
Yes, Plate and Frame Depth Filtration
Fined
No
Elevage
5 years in barriques with anaverage age of 5 years
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
20 mg/L
 
Certified Biodynamic with NASAA