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On Sue’s Blewitt Springs vineyard, five wild geese have lived for many years, foraging for feed between the rows of vines. Each night they sleep on the waters of the dam, seeking refuge from marauding foxes - hence the name five geese.
The Trott family has had a long-standing tradition of growing grapes in the McLaren Vale district. Sue’s son Jonathon has been working in viticulture for over 20 years and has managed his family’s vineyards for the past 15 years. Together, Sue and Jonathon have worked tirelessly to produce premium fruit for the five geese label. As Sue says, “good wine can only be made from good grapes.” Much to the disappointment of his mother, Jonathon doesn’t actually drink wine. He leaves the tasting to Sue. As Sue’s children have grown and started families of their own, she is hoping that some of her grandchildren will someday join her in the business.
Sue Trott has 32 Hectares of vineyards in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. Hillgrove is making wines from her Blewitt Springs vineyards. Nestled in the northeastern end of the Willunga Basin, Blewitt Springs lies about 180m above sea level. This slightly higher elevation provides a cooler climate than nearby McLaren Vale and Willunga. With cooler temperatures and moderating afternoon sea breezes, the grapes grown here enjoy a long, even ripening season. Vintage in Blewitt Springs is often some two to three weeks later than the rest of the district. These extra weeks give the fruit time to develop more complex flavour ripeness, without the excessive baumes found in warmer areas. The grapes develop a beautiful balance of flavour, acidity, and sugar, which then translate into complex, but not overly alcoholic wines.
The five geese Shiraz is sourced from Sue’s Blewitt Springs vineyard, planted in 1965. The soil is deep sand over clay and is minimally irrigated from a small amount of available surface water.
Five geese has been listed as one of the best wineries of the McLaren Vale region by James Halliday in his latest Australian Wine Companion 2009, and has received a full five star rating.
|Wine Region||McLaren Vale|
|Address||RSD 587 Chapel Hill Road, Blewitt Springs, SA, 5171, Australia|
|Phone||(08) 8383 0576|