At Haselgrove we focus on small batch production, allowing the blending of small parcels of wine to create high quality, hand-crafted wines. Significantly, the small batch facilities allow our Winemakers the ability to keep small parcels of fruit and ultimately wine separate until the final blending stage. For our winemakers, the ultimate goal is to create wine that display’s the terroir of the vineyard and seasonal variation in the bottle.
Our Winemakers utilise a combination of ‘old world’ wine making techniques and the best modern day practices. Many of our reds begin their transition to wine in 5 tonne open top fermenters where they are cold soaked to extract and enhance flavours and natural tannins and then hand plunged to build complexity and structure. Whilst year on year consistency and hitting our high quality ques is key, our winemaking team are passionate about producing hand-crafted, artisan wines which reflect vintage conditions and display the terroir of the vineyard.
Spending two years in grapevine research was enough to get Andre hooked on the industry he loves. From these science based beginnings, he decided that Winemaking was an avenue that he wanted to pursue, and in order to broaden his horizons, Andre completed his first vintage in Oregon in 2001. He continued to travel the world, completing vintages in the Northern and Southern Hemisphere for the next four years, including two more vintages in the US, two in McLaren Vale and one in Padthaway.
In 2005 he completed a Winemaking degree at Adelaide University and immediately got a job at Nepenthe in the Adelaide Hills, starting as a Cellar Hand and making his way up to Chief Winemaker in 2008. In this time Andre also completed vintages in the Northern Rhone, France and Hunter Valley, NSW to further his experience and broaden his knowledge base.
At the end of 2011 Andre left Nepenthe to join Mitolo Wines in McLaren Vale as winemaker, chasing a dream of living and working in one of the best wine regions in the world – McLaren Vale!
In January 2015 Andre took the position of Chief Winemaker at Haselgrove Wines…
To quote Andre on his Winemaking Philosophies:
“My influences are global yet deeply rooted in the place that I love and call home – McLaren vale”
“I believe wine should reflect place, that is not be overtaken by oak, nor picked so late that it loses any semblance of fresh fruit character”
“I believe that great wine comes from the vineyard. In the winery we are merely providing the polish to take it to extraordinary”
“I feel that in McLaren Vale we are blessed with powerful fruit flavours, particularly in our Shiraz. And my job is to somewhat reign that in, to balance it, to temper the youthful exuberance so that the wines will be delightful young yet will live for many years”
From an embryonic beginning just over a decade ago, the modern Haselgrove Wines winery now has the capacity to process 3,000 tonnes of fruit annually, with a large portion of the crush carried out on a contract basis for winemakers, large and small. This operation is known as Haselgrove Custom Crush and is staffed by a team of professionals dedicated to producing and processing award-winning and innovative wines.
The operation covers the full range of crushing, winemaking, processing, storage, technical and support functions – from the vineyard to bottle-ready wines.
Very flexible, Haselgrove Custom Crush is capable of handling an individual contract from five to 500 tonnes of fruit or more.
The high quality Haselgrove laboratory facilities are available to all clients, including those who simply wish to test their own wines but do not have the facilities to do so.
The Haselgrove operation provides its clients with their own in-house laboratory facilities, tasting rooms and a comprehensive range of tests and analyses to ensure optimum wine quality throughout the process.
The Haselgrove laboratory provides: Grape maturity, sample preparation and analysis Complete wine testing and analysis Stability testing Fining trials Trade sample presentation and despatch
In short, we offer complete wine testing up until, but not including, VI 1 standard testing. For further information, please contact the Haselgrove Laboratory, on 08 8323 8706.