Local residents Gerry McCormick and his partner Sue Limberger have established the newest winery in the Riverina – HAREFIELD RIDGE, with the release of their first commercial vintage under the brand – COTTONTAIL.
Both Gerry & Sue have been longstanding residents of Wagga Wagga.
In September 2002, Paul Hudson from Cropsol in Griffith was commissioned to analyse the soil structure on the property.
After sampling 12 pits at various sites, he reported that the "decomposed granite" soil had an ideal structure and neutral PH ideally suited to the production of premium wines.
Paul introduced Gerry to John Casella from Casella wines the Yenda based export winning Australian wine company in October 2002 and a contract to produce grapes for Casella Winery was agreed on a handshake prior to the planting of the Shiraz and Chardonnay vines.
Harefield Ridge has been supplying Casella with fruit destined for inclusion in their "Yellowtail" brand that has achieved stellar success on overseas markets over the years.
The vines were supplied by James Vardenega from Australian Quality Vines, also from Yenda, a subsidiary company associated with the Casella Group
Their winery is situated approx. 15 km to the northeast of WAGGA WAGGA on 100 acres of undulating land with 10 acres of vines planted in November 2002.
The initial planting of over 6,500 vines were planted by hand using a water pressurised technique due to the extreme dryness of the soil as a result of the severe drought conditions.
5 acres each of SHIRAZ & CHARDONNAY grapes of the RAMSEY rootstock variety have now been established with a further planting of Cabernet Sauvignon in 2011.
The healthy soils on their property have created full-bodied wines with a smooth balanced flavour, and a soft taste that lingers to enhance the complex berry fruit flavours.
The initial release of their wine has received strong recommendation and support, and has been released into the local market. The Cottontails brand has now grown to include 7 varieties.
New facilities at the property are fully functional & with the construction of the 150 seat purpose built Restaurant & Conference Facility; visitors can now see the machinery & equipment used for the winemaking through the viewing area in the restaurant, with the restaurant a Finalist in the NSW Inland Tourism Awards in 2012.
The unique label design pictures a Hare on the front label, one of many living on the property...
Phone: (02) 6928 4554 Mobile: 0418 693 227 Address: 562 Pattersons Rd, , NSW, 2650
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