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Bushfire recovery Feb 28th 2020

We are well on the way to recovery after the devastation of December 20th. We have cleared all the debris and have two new sheds built and ready to use as soon as the concrete dries. The land is greening up. Most of our eucalypts and deciduous trees are sprouting new green growth and it lifts me to see it.

I also have a tractor and it has been a joy to get out and cut the grass and tidy up the vineyard. All the tops of scorched vines are removed to help the recovery growth which is bursting forth.

Our grapes are ripening fast and, subject to a smoke test on Monday, we’ll be picking next week. I am confident all will be OK.

Our 2019 Riesling has now SOLD OUT. It has been wonderfully received. There is still some of the 2015 Riesling which I just love. Thanks for all the support of those who have purchased wine.

28 February 2020|

Bushfire 20 Dec 2019

A devastating bushfire that tore through the Adelaide Hills on December 20 badly damaged our property. We lost our two sheds, all equipment, 80 of my paintings, a cabin and my car. About 40 per cent of the vines were also affected, mostly by radiant heat. Time will tell if they reshoot and survive to produce more wine.
So many across our beautiful part of the world have been touched by this disaster. My thoughts are with everyone who has suffered losses, particularly neighbouring farmers in Lobethal and Lenswood. It’s a dark time, but I feel sure the community will recover, replant and rebuild.
My family and I are very grateful to everyone who has asked how they can help. Please consider making a donation to the Country Fire Service. Crews from across the Adelaide Hills did a wonderful job during and after the blaze.
We would also really appreciate you purchasing our wine, whether through the website or from your local bottle shop. Many thanks for your support. Here’s to brighter days ahead.

25 December 2019|

December 2018

Great review by James Halliday in his annual Top 100. Our Sauvignon continues to stand out with its depth and complexity. Always good to see our more understated style recognised in this way.
So far so good this season. After bud burst early October we are on track for harvest late March which is ideal. Flowering now done and the set looks good although crops will be lower this year.

13 December 2018|

April 18

An excellent vintage blessed by perfectly ripe grapes and lovely flavours. Always thankful when all is safely in the winery.

4 April 2018|

July 17

Back to normal in 2017 with vintage in early April. Lovely flavours, ripe grapes and good weather at harvest. We are fortunate to have ripeness and flavour at relatively low sugar levels so we don’t have the burden of high alcohols for our wines to carry. This year was excellent in that regard.

Continued fine reviews this year from Tony Love and James Halliday are always gratifying. In particular our 13 Chardonnay has been getting attention. Naturally I love them all.


10 August 2017|

April 16

Another early but excellent vintage. Weather after veraison (berry colouring and softening) was mild which is vital for flavour development. Each year it seems to be getting earlier; climate change certainly appears to be with us with our picking dates 3 weeks earlier on average than in the 1990s.

Crops were about average and fully ripe flavours achieved with good acid levels. I am a happy winemaker.

29 April 2016|

Nov 15 Halliday Top 100

Great to be included in James Halliday’s Top 100. A fine review for our 2014 Ferus Sauvignon and 97 points. I have always felt that fine wine should not be brash and overstated but, rather, subtle and delicate. This does not mean it should lack character and complexity.The review          ( below) clearly shows James has picked up on this aspect of our wine.

Wild yeast fermented in French barriques and aged on lees for 12 months. It offers a rare combination of elegance and complexity, the latter achieved without any funky/ reductive characters, the former with a combination of citrus, white flower and tropical fruits.

Still cruising

97 points

James Halliday Top 100 The Weekend Australian November 21st 2015

22 November 2015|

August 15

High praise from Halliday

We’ve just received great new reviews from James Halliday for our 2014 sauvignon blanc and 2013 Ferus. The 96 points James gave the 14 sauv blanc puts it among Australia’s top three sauvignons in the 2016 Halliday Wine Companion.

Here’s what James had to say:

2014 Geoff Weaver Lenswood Sauvignon Blanc

Dry-grown 37-year-old vines give moderate yields at low pH levels; an aromatic, flowery bouquet leads into a crisp, juicy palate that continues to accelerate all the way through to the finish and aftertaste. Fastidious winemaking has thrown all the emphasis on varietal fruit. A master of his art. 
96 points

James Halliday, 2016 Halliday Wine Companion.

2013 Geoff Weaver Ferus 

Estate-grown, wild yeast-fermented in French barriques and aged on lees for 12 months. It seems clear the oak is either totally or largely used for its impact is on texture and structure, leaving the varietal fruit to express itself with a savoury framework in support.

95 points
James Halliday, 2016 Halliday Wine Companion.

Click here to buy these wines directly from us.

Our vineyards are recognised by James Halliday as a “red 5 star winery” with a long track record of excellence — truly the best of the best.

Early heat, early harvest

The 2015 season was a good one for us. We have made some beautiful wines with the riesling and sauvignon to be bottled soon.

We harvested in early March, continuing our recent run of early vintages. On average harvest is now three weeks earlier than it was in the ‘90s. This is due to warmer than average early season temperatures in October and November which set the vine’s biological processes off to a faster than normal start, resulting in the earlier harvest. We have been fortunate in having not had heat extremes; in fact the seasons have been around average in heat degree days which is a measure of the overall warmth of the growing season. It is the temperature post veraison (berry softening) which is crucial for style and quality, and fortunately these were mild in 2015.

I’m sure our dry grown vines are able to handle the vagaries of the seasons better than if we irrigated. Being 30-year-old vines and so deep rooted they have a steady but restricted supply of water, and if we have a major rain event they don’t take up water as quickly as the more surface-rooted irrigated vines do. I believe that non irrigation, coupled with conservative bud numbers left at pruning (and hence low crops), is a crucial quality factor for our wines.

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11 August 2015|