WINEMAKING

At Haselgrove we focus on small batch production, allowing the blending of small parcels 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.



CHIEF WINEMAKER, ALEX SHERRAH

After travelling the globe for a year following a Bachelor of Science degree at Adelaide University, Alex arrived home in need of a job. He took on a cellar hand position at Tatachilla Winery for the 2002 vintage. It was here he fell in love with the wine industry, its people and McLaren Vale.


Alex enrolled in a Graduate Diploma of Oenology at the Waite Campus of Adelaide university, and was able to complete his studies while still working at Tatachilla every Friday, earning the nickname ‘Boy Friday’.


With his studies completed Alex headed to the Napa Valley, California for the 2003 harvest. While there he managed to secure an Assistant Winemaking position at Knappstein Wines in the Clare Valley for the following 2004 vintage. Alex spent two years at Knappstein before moving to O’Leary Walker Wines where he completed six vintages. While there Alex was lucky enough to squeeze in two Northern Hemisphere vintages – one in Burgundy and another in Austria.


At the end of 2011 Alex moved back to McLaren Vale to Coriole Vineyards, where he became Senior Winemaker in 2012. Towards the end of 2017 he then joined the Haselgrove team, bringing a wealth of knowledge with him.

“McLaren Vale is truly one of the great wine regions of the new world. We are blessed to have such a mild maritime climate, low rainfall, and no humidity, making it the perfect place to grow premium grapes. The geology is also one of the oldest and most complex of all the grape growing regions globally, giving us extraordinary depth and structure in our wines.” - Alex Sherrah