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Hesketh Wines

Limited Releases

These small-batch wines are unique and limited in nature. Handcrafted indulgently by our winemaking team to the highest standards, using exceptional parcels of fruit from the best growing regions in South Australia.

G.A.R. the Great Australian Red

Two Varieties – Cabernet & Shiraz – Of the incredible array of table wines produced in Australia since the 1800s, it is the blend of Cabernet & Shiraz that has made what is widely accepted as the country’s greatest and has become internationally recognised as Australia’s signature red.

Two Regions – Coonawarra & McLaren Vale – If you were to choose where to grow these varieties in South Australia, then you would look no further than Penola in Southern Coonawarra for Cabernet. Or Blewitt Springs in McLaren Vale for Shiraz.

Two Families – Hardy & Hesketh – The friendship between the Hardy and Hesketh families stretches back more than 60 years, and it is their prized vineyards that supply the fruit for this wine. The Hesketh’s Abbey Vineyard in Penola and the Hardy family’s Upper Tintara Vineyard in Blewitt Springs

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Jimi’s Ferment – Fumé Blanc

The style of this Sauvignon Blanc was modelled on the classic Sancerre style of the Loire Valley, as the Kongorong vineyard from where these grapes come from, has a similar cool climate and very rocky flinty shallow soil. Juice was taken off the main tank after a light pressing, then put into an open fermenter as we would normally do for a red ferment. It was fermented extremely oxidatively in accordance with the “techniques” passed on to me by our French backpacker cellar hands (they may well have been messing with me) – Jimi Lienert, Winemaker.

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Subregional Treasures

These wines are a celebration of ‘Place’ and the intricate effect it has on the flavours of wine. These special releases are made to not only embody the greater region in which they are grown, but to also reflect the unique characteristics of the smaller sub-region

Ebenezer Shiraz | Barossa Valley

Sourced from three unique blocks on a 20Ha vineyard in Ebenezer – each block is planted to a different vine-selection resulting in a beautiful amalgam of elements; clone 1654 provides rich, dark fruits and power, BVRC30 brings spice and elegance whilst Maywald contributes the smooth, caramel-like hints of sweetness.

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Penola Cabernet Sauvignon | Coonawarra

Fruit for our Cabernet is soured from three vineyards located on the southern end of the Terra Rossa strip, surrounding the township of Penola. The cool climate provides the perfect growing conditions for Cabernet and the resulting wine is powerful, yet elegant.

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Lobethal Chardonnay | Adelaide Hills

Grapes for this wine come from David Neale’s vineyard in the Lobethal sub region of the Adelaide Hills, an area known for producing beautiful, delicate Chardonnays. The vineyard has an altitude of approximately 420 metres above sea level and has gentle, undulating north-to-south rows that capture maximum sunshine hours.

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Regional Selections

The Regional Selections represent classic vineyard & varietal combinations which are recognised for excellence. The motivation is quality, and the result is a range of wines which are hand-made from specific vineyards to bring you the best of each growing region.

Coonawarra – Cabernet Sauvignon

The fruit for our Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from several parcels throughout Coonawarra. The cool climate adn famous terra rossa over limestone soils provides ideal growing conditions for premium Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Barossa Valley – Shiraz

The fruit for the Shiraz comes from a selection of Barossa vineyards including our own Resurrection Vineyard. Shiraz has proved itself an extremely versatile variety, producing full-bodied, ripe berry examples from the warm regions.

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Barossa Valley – Negroamaro

The fruit for our Negroamaro comes from a single vineyard site in the Koonunga Hill sub region which is located in the Barossa Valley. Negroamaro thrives in a hot climate, making it well suited to this sub region.

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Barossa Valley – Grenache

The Grenache vines of the Barossa Valley are some of the oldest in the world, and we celebrate their existence with this bright, fresh, fruit driven wine. Fruit is sourced from two of our on-going grower vineyards – Hampel and Schiller families – in the Ebenezer sub-region of the Barossa Valley.

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Adelaide Hills – Sauvignon Blanc

Fruit for our Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from the cool climate of the Adelaide Hills, a region that has gathered a strong reputation for young and fresh styled Sauvignon Blanc.

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Eden Valley – Riesling

Fruit for this Riesling is sourced from the cool climate of Eden Valley. The high altitude (approximately 500m) is especially favourable for high quality Riesling fruit, making the Eden Valley one of the pre-eminent districts in the country for this grape variety.

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McLaren Vale – Fiano

Fiano has recently found considerable success on Australian soils, in particular amongst the warmer coastal regions akin to its motherland of southern Italy. Our grapes are sourced from McLaren Vale, one of the few places outside of Europe to enjoy a strictly Mediterranean climate.

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Art Series

Grapes for our Art Series wines are sourced from a selection of premium vineyards within the renowned Limestone Coast growing region.
Vineyards are carefully selected based on their suitability for each wine's individual personality. These wines are crafted to a consistent style and quality, which is perfect for everyday drinking or more salubrious occasions.

Midday Somewhere Shiraz

Made in a medium-bodied style, this wine shows bright primary fruit flavours with spice, and natural acidity. The nose is lifted and aromatic and when you sip, it exceeds expectations; so much so that you may find it hard to resist. And why would you? After all, it’s Midday Somewhere….

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Twist of Fate Cabernet Sauvignon

Our Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon is a vibrant, lifted style of wine displaying juicy, moreish black-fruit notes and bouncy acidity. We have chosen to restrict the use of oak during fermentation to accentuate the freshness of the blend. 

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Unfinished Business Pinot Noir

Unfinished Business is a light-bodied, cool climate Pinot Noir with pure and vibrant fruit characters. Aromatic on the nose with bright fruits of strawberry and cherries, a good acid structure, subtle savoury notes and fine tannins provide a smooth finish.

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Wild at Heart Rosé

Made from the free-run juice from grapes grown in the Wrattonbully sub-district of the Limestone Coast, this Rosé retains its clean fruit flavours but as the name suggests, it is Wild at Heart with bright acidity giving it a fresh, playful finish.

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Lost Weekend Chardonnay

Lost Weekend Chardonnay is juicy and aromatic in its youth, but will also reward short to medium term cellaring. The wine is crisp and refreshing with well-balanced fruit sweetness and acidity. Crafted with measured oak influence to accentuate the natural varietal character, it is best shared with a large group of friends.

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Rules of Engagement Pinot Grigio

This cool climate Pinot Grigio is fragrant and vibrant, bursting with notes of citrus and rich tropical fruits. This particular vineyard was selected for natural acidity retained in the fruit, which in turn results in a wine with a clean palate and crisp finish – our Rules of Engagement.

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Bright Young Things Sauvignon Blanc

Our Bright Young Things is text book Sauvignon Blanc; racy and crisp. Whether it’s lunch with family and friends, or a sunset picnic on the beach, this Bright Young Thing is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

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The Proposition Moscato

Our Proposition Moscato is made in a fruit forward style; alive with notes of pineapple, sweet sherbet, lemon sorbet and musk. The slight spritz adds an extra racy element, making it perfect well-chilled on a hot, summer day.

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Sparkling

Madeline Alice Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV

Graceful and refined, Madeline Alice Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV is bottle fermented in the traditional method, then aged on lees before disgorging and dosage. The result is a complex and elegant style of sparkling wine.

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