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Stonehaven Winery celebrates its 10th birthday
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The passionate team at Stonehaven Winery in South Australia’s Limestone Coast is celebrating turning 10 years young in 2008, with a solid program of activities scheduled over the coming months.
Emerging from the intensity of one of the most rapid vintages ever undertaken at Stonehaven, Winemaker Sue Bell and Viticulturist Peter Bird kicked off celebrations this month with an intimate vertical tasting, Berry Sensory Assessment, including a vineyard tour and dinner at Sue’s home in Coonawarra.
With vineyards in Coonawarra, Padthaway and Wrattonbully, Stonehaven has been a leading visionary and innovator, pioneering new areas of the Limestone Coast since its establishment in 1998.
‘The philosophy of our winemaking and viticultural team at Stonehaven is…to let nature do the talking’, said Sue, Dux of the Len Evans Tutorial in 2007.
‘Our ancient terroir is perfectly situated to capture the rewards of a cool climate, giving the grapes a more pure and authentic reflection of their origin.’
‘Over the past ten years we have pursued our commitment to nurturing our wines from the ground up. We were the first winery and vineyards in the Limestone Coast to gain ISO environmental accreditation and we hand prune every single one of our vines. Our grape growers taste the fruit with the winemakers to help make the painstaking decision of when to pick so they share the pride of how our wines turn out.’ Sue said.
In mid 2008, Stonehaven will be releasing new wines and a new look as part of its 10th anniversary celebrations.
‘Our aim is to unearth the secrets of the Limestone Coast and the first release is a single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from our Father Woods vineyard in Coonawarra, hitting shelves in June’, Sue explains.
‘The second release celebrates our country’s national sport, and the lifeblood of the local community, Australian Rules Football. The “Best On Ground” range is a series of single region, single variety wines made with great care (handpicked, hand plunged and basket pressed). We’re using original football cards as labels and this range will also be released in June, available at cellar door and fine wine outlets. It replaces the Stonehaven Limited Vineyard Release range.’
Winemaker Sue Bell and viticulturist Peter Bird will also visit each capital city in June, as part of the Stonehaven National Discovery Series. They will be presenting Stonehaven’s new wines and revealing some of the secrets of the Limestone Coast.