June 2008

What a hard vintage! Record heat wave from the 3rd March till the 17th which coincided with our harvest. It was tough for pickers and also for wineries with all fruit ripening together. We started harvest on the 6th of March (same date as last year and equal to our earliest ever start) and finished on the 17th. Crop levels were about average and a little up on 2007.

Considering the heat we got through the vintage well. While the vines suffered the fruit held up. One of the great benefits if hand picking is the ability to leave behind fruit in less than perfect condition. We picked around any heat affected, exposed fruit and the wines we have made have surprised and delighted me.

We have just bottled our 08 Sauvignon Blanc and it is bursting with juicy fruit. Generous but still tight and lively with lovely zingy acid. One of our best.

Our Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines are finishing there secondary malolactic fermentation and are looking good. They were picked early so had less effect from the heat.

19 June 2008|

Feb 2008

It seems the warm early years are normal now.

The 07/08 growing seaason is almost an exact relica (so far) of the previous year. I expect we will be picking early March again. 06/07 was our hottest year in the 25 since we started.

The flavours were excellent and if we have similar flavours again this year I’ll be really happy.

No rain to worry us and the vines are in good condition. They sail through without water. I did dig some holes in the vineyard last week and the subsoil clays are still moist so they vines are supplied with a steady but restrcted water supply which I believe is crucial for ripening and flavour development.

Mild sunny days from now till harvest is all I ask!!

More excellent reviews in late 2007.

James Halliday’s Top 100.

The Weekend Australian Nov 10-11 2007

2005 Ferus Sauvignon Blanc

Majestically breaks all the rules by spectacularly improving since it was bottled and shows that sauvignon blanc can be fashioned into stunning complexity. It was 100 percent barrel fermented in French oak and spent 12 months on lees, had no cid added, and is elegant through to its long, fresh finish.

96 points

The Advertiser

AUSTRALIA’S TOP 100 WINES 2007

November 2007

Geoff Weaver Lenswood Sauvignon Blanc 2007

Starting out with quite powerful sweet limes and herbs, this Lenswood grown number is a full bowl of tropical fruit salad on the palate including honeydew melon and guava all carried along by reasonable structures and acididty to give a touch of crispness to this exotic wine.

92 points

4 February 2008|

Aug 2007

The new year in the vineyard is beginning. Warm days will start the sap moving and budburst won't be far away. We are almost finished pruning and the winter rain has filled the soil with water; a great start for the year. It will be another early year I think.

The 2008 James Halliday wine companion has just been released with some wonderful reviews.

James Halliday Reviews

Australian Wine Companion 2008

Geoff Weaver Lenswood Chardonnay 2005

Ultimate elegance and restraint; wild yeast, mlf and no added acidity; all the inputs seamlessly moulded in the light stone fruit, cashew and cream palate.

95 points

Geoff Weaver Lenswood Pinot Noir 2004

Holding hue well; has developed complexity with some savoury/foresty characters, with particularly good length; medium-bodied within the context of the variety.

93 Points

Geoff Weaver Lenswood Ferus Sauvignon Blanc 2005

A very interesting wine; barrel fermented in French oak, and spending 12 months on lees, it has absorbed the oak yet retaineds the elegance of the Geoff Weaver style; no added acidity, but still has a long, firm, fresh finish.

94 points

Geoff Weaver Lenswood Sauvignon Blanc 2006

Excellent mouthfeel and balance; acidity insinuates itself rather than standing out among the passion fruit, gooseberry and guava flavours.

94 points

30 May 2007|

March 2007

A really good vintage despite the drought. Our harvest began on Tuesday 6th March and finished on Tuesday 13th. It was our fastest and earliest vintage ever. Crop levels were about average and flavours were (surprisingly) excellent.

The vines showed no ill effects and their leaves stayed geen and functioning which is crucial to ripening and flavour development. We apply no irrigation and the season shows me that these are healthy vines with extensive root systems capable of carrying the vine through difficult seasons.

I had expected the heat to have an effect on flavour but the lively fresh flavours were evident as usual. The wines are now fermenting and I am really pleased we have survived the earliest, driest and one of the warmest seasons we have encountered with such good grapes.

We have continued to receive good reviews for our wines. Here are a couple of the recent ones.

Best Cellars – Huon Hooke.

Good Weekend Magazine. March 17 2007.

Adelaide Hills Sauvlgnon Blanc – Geoff Weaver 2006, $24

The Adelaide Hills region is arguably our best source of sauvignon blanc, in a quite different style to New Zealarnd's Marlborough.

It's less herbaceous and pungent, with riper gooseberry to tropical fruit aromas and, at least, in Geoff Weaver's case, a deeper and more structured palate with better fullness and persistence.

It also tends to age better, resisting the degeneration into asparagus cooking-water that you're likely to find if you keep Kiwi savvy too long.

Weaver is a former chief winemaker of Hardy's, so he knows a thing or two about whites.

His wines are all grow on his own vineyard at Lenswood, one of the cooler parts of the hills, and are regularly among the region's highest¬ quality wines.

Drink this within two years and pair it with nicoise or caesar salad, crudites dipped in aioli, or just sip it as an aperitif. …

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The Bulletin February 20 2007

Peter Forrestal

Geoff Weaver Lenswood Sauvignon Blanc 2006

The talented and experienced Geoff Weaver makes some exhilarating wines at Lenswood in the Adelaide Hills. This has some restraint and is deliciously different: delicate floral aromas with a hint of lavender and cool, pristine white peach and lychee flavours. It’s fine, focussed and more subtle than most sauvignons as it builds in intensity in the glass. Succulent.

Atypically, this ages well.

41/2 glasses In the top rank.

Huon Hooke Sydney Morning Herald

Jan 30th 2007 Top Aussie White

GEOFF WEAVER CHARDONNAY 2005

Adelaide hills finesse, with tightness and reserve. Subtle roast hazelnut aroma, with a hint of dairy from malolactic. Tangy gooseberry and grapefruit palate, with lots of intensity and verve and it will take some age well. Now to four years.

93 points.

30 March 2007|

January 2007

A tough year in the vineyard but so far so good. Around Australia drought and frost have caused havoc reducing the expected crush by about 25% overall but we have not had too much impact. Our crops are small but the vines look in great heart. It is an early season and we should have no problems ripening. It is paradoxical that rain can be the enemy in a drought year. Last weekend (20th Jan) we had 50mm of welcome rain and it really lifted the vines. If we have rain like that close to harvest (mid March this year) it would cause problems with splitting of fruit. Here's hoping for mild dry weather close to picking.

We run the vineyard without irrigation and it is good to see the vines doing so well in such a difficult year.

Our 05 Chardonnay has caught the attention of the critics. Two wonderful reviews are below.

The Australian Financial Review Magazine

Nov 24th 2006

Philip Rich TOP 20 Wines

Geoff Weaver Chardonnay 2005

One of the unsung heroes of the Australian wine industry, Geoff Weaver has quietly gone about the business of making subtle and well crafted wines at his Lenswood vineyard in the Adelaide Hills, established in 1982. Weaver has devoted himself to the venture full time since leaving Hardys, where he was chief winemaker, in 1992.

This very bright wine exudes elegance with its pristine melon and nectarine fruit aromas and beautifully handled vanillin oak (50 percent new), which sits quietly in the background. The palate is equally linear and refined and there is a lovely thread of acidity that runs throughout the wine, suggesting that this should age superbly over the next five to 10 years.

Ralph Kyte-Powell

The Age

Tues 23rd January 2007

2005 Geoff Weaver Lenswood Chardonnay

GEOFF WEAVER CHARDONNAY 2005

In keeping with Geoff Weaver’s skill as a winemaker, complex winery inputs move this Adelaide Hills chardonnay well out of a simple fruit-plus-oak equation.  Instead you get elaborate aromas of wholemeal bread, nuts, peaches and citrus fruits.  In the mouth it’s seamless and lingering in rich flavour, yet gently savoury and dry. Delicious.

Ageing? Drink over two years plus. Food ideas: Salmon; snapper.

Price Range: $35-38

 

***** A superb example, a near perfect wine of great character, worthy of the big occaision.

27 January 2007|

December 06

The big dry continues but the vineyard looks good. Mild weather has helped create excellent flowering conditions. I continue to be optimistic about the coming season. We need some rain over summer and we should get that. our water resouces after the loss of our dam in Nov 05.

Two really good reviews in November. Firstly our 05 Chardonnay was listed by Philip Rich in his top 20 wines in Australia in the Australian Financial Review magazine on 24th November. The full review is in the reviews section. A wonderful accolade.

Secondly our Sauvignon Blanc was chosen as one of the Top 100 wines selected by a group of leading Adelaide Sommeliers and retailers. Always good to have our pure, somewhat understated wines appreciated.

4 December 2006|

October 2006

We, like the rest of Australia are in the grip of drought. Rainfall so far this year is about half of normal and our dam is only 1/3 full.

This will test our growing dryland as our vines still need good soil moisture at the start of the year to get through.

I am hopeful and positive.

Recently we bottled our 06 Sauvignon which is beautiful. It is every bit as good as our 05 but with perhaps a little more aromatic lift.

We'll have the 06 available in November.

The 05 Ferus and 05 Chardonnay both bottled in March are really starting to open up now and are as lovely as I had hoped. The complex minerality of the Ferus contrasts with the supple gentle creamy richness of the Chardonnay. They are both cutting edge wines for us with substantial wild yeast components.

Here's to some rain soon!!

23 October 2006|

May 2006

A successful vintage and excellent reviews is the news.

Vintage was early, our crops modest and the quality excellent. All our fruit was hand picked and we finished on the 31st of March which is our earliest finish ever. Low crops on healthy vines that ripen early are fundamentals of quality. The weather was kind with lovely sunny, warm days and minimal rain. I am pleased we didn’t extend into April because the weather was cool and drizzly which is a nightmare for the grower because it is so hard to hand pick dry grapes.

We have had great response to our 05 Sauvignon Blanc, especially after the James Halliday 95 points in his top 101 Tasting.

In addition we had a most complimentary review from Ralph Kyte-Powel in The Age on our 05 Riesling.

In my view we are well served by our independent wine writers in this country with their eclectic tastes and international perspective. They do a great deal to alert the consumer to new, interesting and different wines and I for one value their comments greatly.

1 May 2006|