We’ve had another great yield of over 7 tonnes from our Heathcote vineyard, Athol’s Paddock, which has again produced good sized berries with their usual intense flavour. We’re so excited to start making the next vintage of our renowned Heathcote Shiraz. So what’s next? Well here’s a word from our Chief Winemaker, Rob Ellis. I’m splitting this year’s yield into two batches, both of which will be cold soaked so the berries can soak for a week before fermentation. Both batches will then be whole berry wild fermented in open fermenters. One batch will be fermented using new oak header boards to give depth of flavour without too much harsh tannin, while the second batch will be pillaged (stomped on) twice a day to break the berries open slower, giving a nice softness and elegance whilst still maintaining that big Heathcote flavour.
It was such a huge success we’re doing it again. 🍷Drink fine wine, eat fine food, listen to tunes 🍾Kick back on our deck, chill out on our lawns, bring a rug and bring the family 🎵Live music by @danacrowe 🥂Wine deals for wine club members 🍔Hanging Rock Beef burgers 🥧Hanging Rock Beef pies There’ll be craft beer from Hop Nation Brewing Co and Urban Alley Brewery for those who don’t drink wine. 🥂Free entry- see you soon!
We love seeing the photos of the Art in the Vines Exhibition taken by you. Take a fabulous photo at Art in the Vines at Hanging Rock Winery, and you could win a bottle of the limited release Hanging Rock Rare Tawny Simply: 1. Post your photo on Instagram 2.Follow @hangingrock 3.Use the #artinthevines and the photo with the most likes will win. Entries close March 31st. This shot of @brigitheller’s Threads taken by @jenpryke is art itself. Make sure you use #artinthevines18 on your posts when you visit Hanging Rock Winery. We love to see your interpretation of these world-class sculptures and installations.
Want to WIN 6 Bottles of mixed Hanging Rock Wine*? Get exclusive wines not offered to the general public and to be the first to taste our new releases when you join our Hanging Rock Wine Club. It’s free to join. Other benefits include: * 10% off purchases all year round * Special offers that really are too good to be put in print, including our introductory offer when you sign up. * Pre-release offers on flagship wines including Macedon Sparkling & Heathcote Shiraz * Our unique Macedon on-lees program - create your own ‘tailor-made’ sparkling * Wine Club Winemaker’s lunches & dinners * Exclusive ‘email only’ offers Sign up today: https://www.hangingrock.com.au/wine-club *Note: The opportunity to win 6 bottles of mixed Hanging Rock Wine quarterly is for new sign-ups only.
See Hanging Rock Winery from a different perspective. Art in the Vines Sculpture Exhibition & Trail, is the first of its kind to be held in the Macedon Ranges. Commencing at the Cellar Door, start your experience by tasting some of our award-winning wine. Grab yourself a bottle or two along with a trail map then head off exploring, glass in hand! It’s the perfect way to wile away a morning or afternoon. Exhibition finishes on 31st March and entry is free. This image is part of a large-scale installation by Moz Moresi called “The Crazy Dragonfly”.
Rob is a 5th generation winemaker through his mother’s side of the family- the Tyrrell’s from the Hunter Valley. You could say that wine flows through his veins. Rob studied Oenology (Winemaking) at the famous Waite campus at Adelaide University. He then went on to become a ‘flying winemaker’ for a number of years, doing vintages and working at great houses such as Domaine de Montille in Burgundy, Domain Serine in Oregon, Champagne Jaquesson, and Laurensford near Stellenbosh in South Africa. He was also an integral part of the winemaking team at Hewitson in the Barossa Valley for 4 years. It was during this time abroad that he developed a real passion for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. After a number of years abroad learning, it was decided that it was time for him to return to the family business as the Chief Winemaker in 2011, taking over from his father, John Ellis. During his time as Chief Winemaker for Hanging Rock Winery, Rob has focused on the winery’s and vineyard’s sustainability, incorporating organic practices into the company’s vineyards. He utilises winemaking techniques such as wild yeast and whole bunch fermentation to increase the complexity of the wines and help bring out the true expression of the grapes. Rob will continue the family winemaking tradition and will continue to build the foundations of a great Australian Winery.
BlazeAid is a charity that is close to our hearts. A few years ago they were a real support to our General Manager - Sales & Marketing, Ruth, and her husband, who lost their house in the Riddells Creek bushfire. @blazeaid are currently raising funds and looking for volunteers to assist those affected in the Queensland floods. There are two ways you can help: 1. Purchase some of our BlazeAid wine. We have a 2016 Chardonnay and a Shiraz Cabernet available. Hanging Rock Winery donates 20% of the proceeds from all sales of BlazeAid wine to the charity. You can purchase it online at our website or at our Cellar Door. 2. Make a donation directly to BlazeAid. http://www.blazeaid.com.au Thank you for supporting such a worthwhile cause.
Winery Lazing. Looking for something local to do this weekend? Head over to Newham and visit us for the day. We have a sunny deck to rest a glass on and then there’s the upcycled pallet picnic tables scattered around our shady grounds. Enjoy a light picnic box from @piperstfoodco and one of our NEW cheese boards from Cornelius Cheesemongers. Nothing, however, beats lazing on our lush grass with our amazing sculptures, a view of Hanging Rock and a glass of our finest in hand. See you soon.
Happy Valentine’s Day! This sculpture is called “Embrace #2” by Artist Geoffrey Bartlett and is part of our Art in the Vines Sculpture Exhibition.