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.
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.”
Our Winemaking teams Philosophies:
“Our influences are global yet deeply rooted in the place that we love and call home – McLaren vale”
“We 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”
“We believe that great wine comes from the vineyard. In the winery we are merely providing the polish to take it to extraordinary”
“We feel that in McLaren Vale we are blessed with powerful fruit flavours, particularly in our Shiraz. And our 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.