The most successful wine from the Haselgrove portfolio this year has been the release of the Haselgrove ‘SWITCH’ Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2012.
The string of awards it has been awarded include TOP GOLD Cairns Wine Show, TOP GOLD Cowra Wine Show, DOUBLE GOLD at the China Wine Awards and finishing off the year it has been awarded a GOLD Medal and the TROPHY for best Red Blend at the Royal Hobart Wine Show.
The wine was developed by Haselgrove winemakers, Greg Clack and Matthew Copping in fitting with the success of the GSM blends from the McLaren Vale.
On top of this the Haselgrove ‘SWITCH” GSM was selected by QANTAS to be served on First Class and Business Class flights. Limited quantitiies are only available at Cellar Door (and the online store) or if you are lucky you may find a bottle or 2 in retailers around the country.Read More
Haselgrove “The Cruth” Shiraz 2011
Haselgrove Bella Vigna McLaren Vale Shiraz 2010
These Gold awards are particularly impressive as participation in the China Wine Awards are entered by wineries from every wine growing region around the globe. Haselgrove’s awards continue to demonstrate that McLaren Vale produces some of the best Shiraz in the world.
The 2011 Haselgrove “The Cruth”, to be released towards the end of 2013 and limited to 2,389 bottles, is Haselgrove’s flagship wine. Selected vineyards and barrels are put through intense testing and evaluation over 18 months to make the very best of Haselgrove’s McLaren Vale Shiraz from each vintage.
Following on from the Haselgrove Bella Vigna Shiraz winning THE BEST McLAREN VALE SHIRAZ in the London International Wine Challenge in 2010, the Double Gold medals for Haselgrove’s top tier shiraz are a testament to the Haselgrove winemakers and growers efforts to make top echelon Shiraz.
We are very proud to announce that the newly released Haselgrove Switch GSM 2012 has been awarded TOP GOLD at the Cairns Wine Awards 2013.
The judges commented the Haselgrove Switch has “Beautiful texture and plushness” giving the wine a total of 56 points from 60.
Haselgrove means ‘from near grove of Hazel Trees’, a switch of hazel wood was thought to contain special properties – magical… With this in mind we are all looking forward to more results like this in the near future.
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Haselgrove Wines Vintage Report 2013
Vintage 2013 started early for Haselgrove with the addition of a vineyard from Loxton, first crush being before Australia day on the 22nd January with Riverland Chardonnay (26 days earlier than 2012). The first McLaren Vale fruit was Shiraz from Aldinga on the 13th February. Outstanding colour and flavour was observed with tannin structures very similar to 2010 vintage, depth and concentration of fruit is brilliant although to this point not as exceptional as 2012. Adelaide Hills red and whites ripened more evenly and consistently that the McLaren Vale reds due to the reprieve the vines received from the cool nights throughout the growing season and slightly higher crops. Fruit from the Hills produced very good flavours due to the additional hang time before harvest however were more elegant on the palate with a more subdued fruit depth. Vintage continued to the 4th April when Mourvedre from Willunga was harvested for the recent addition of our GSM.
Yields across the board were down slightly for our premium McLaren Vale red varieties especially Cabernet Sauvignon primarily due to low fruitfulness and bunch numbers. The vines responded with much larger than average bunch weights but still produced yields below average. Vines targeted with slightly higher crop levels at initial stages looked light in fruit however with the sizing of bunches resulted in average crops being harvested from these blocks. Adelaide Hills whites due to exceptional conditions at flowering had high crop potential with some intervention required in order to maintain the concentration of fruit and the ability to reach full maturity. Final harvest weights were slightly above average for most Adelaide Hills white parcels with Reds coming in slightly below average.
Although rainfall was slightly below average in the winter and spring of 2012 dams and soil profiles were generally full by late July. Consistent rainfalls subsided by September and from then on mild to warm conditions allowed vine growth to advance quicker than average with very little additional rainfall. Irrigation was required early in the season, soil profiles dried out very quickly and although the vines didn’t show water stress early, the small periods of heat quickly made it obvious which vineyards had monitored their water effectively. After early heat spells in February causing rapid sugar accumulation and compressed harvest windows for lower cropped shallower soils, cooler conditions prevailed resulting in an almost ideal end to the growing season with consistent, mild to warm days and cool nights.
Overall – with the warmer than average conditions, early and very compressed harvest timings, quality, although initially worried about heat damage prevailed to be very good with reds outshining the whites and Cabernet and early blocks of Shiraz being the stars of the 2013 vintage.
Thank-you to all Vintage staff that worked the long hours during the condensed vintage to make it such a smooth vintage.Read More
The 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards have been officially announced!
Now in its 9th year, the Decanter World Wine Awards, judged entries from 47 countries, with over 14,000 wines tasted.
Haselgrove Bella Vigna Shiraz 2010 was awarded a silver medal, the highest medal awarded to a McLaren Vale wine. Bronze medals were also awarded to Haselgrove Bella Vigna Chardonnay 2010 and Haselgrove Bella Vigna Cabernet Sauvignon 2010.
Congratulations to Greg, Matthew and the rest of the team!
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2012 Vintage Report
Vintage 2012 started on the 17th February with Shiraz from Seaview. Brilliant tannin structure, fruit depth and deep colour were observed in the first parcel of fruit picked and continued to be a trend for the entire 2012 vintage right through until the last crush of McLaren Vale fruit on the 14th March being Cabernet from Blewitt Springs.
Yields across the board were significantly down due to a number of factors combining during the growing season. To begin with bud fruitfulness was low, meaning the potential number of bunches that could be produced if all environmental factors were ideal was much less than a regular year. Cool conditions during flowering resulted in poor set conditions hence the resulting number of berries that actually set was significantly reduced. There was also a band of hail which damaged a select few vineyards by damaging inflorescences and the result either damaged them so much they no longer could produce a bunch or significantly reduced the number of berries that could be formed per bunch.
Discounting the hail storm and a couple of short heat spells, the conditions during the growing season have almost been ideal with generally mild and dry conditions. Combining with the lower cropping levels the favourable ripening conditions resulted in a very early and condensed vintage. Heavy rain that fell towards the end of harvesting had little effect as cool conditions during rainfall and strong winds afterwards resulted in vineyards drying out quickly enough to minimise disease and berry splitting pressure.
The tannin structure and colour profiles of the reds out of the 2012 vintage are outstanding with deep fruit flavour and brilliant length. It is a vintage to look out for once released as the wines from vintage 2012 are outstanding.
Thank you to all our Vintage staff that worked the long hours during the condensed vintage to make it such a smooth vintage.Read More
The Haselgrove Bella Vigna 2008 McLaren Vale Shiraz has surpassed all expectations and has taken out the title of…
BEST McLAREN VALE SHIRAZ in the LONDON INTERNATIONAL WINE CHALLENGE for 2010.
The Bella Vigna Shiraz was blind tasted by over 350 judges and as a result, Haselgrove was judged as the producer of the best Shiraz McLaren Vale has to offer. Only 12 Australian producers won trophies at the competition this year, so it is a huge accolade.
Congratulations to Greg, Matt and the whole company on this fantastic achievement. May there be many more.
Things are looking up for the 2010 Winestate Shiraz of the Year…