As a part of Aussie Wine Month, the Cellar Doors of Mount Benson are dusting off some of their oldies (but goodie). Asussie Wine Month- thie biggest annual celabration of Australian wine- runs over the month of may. During May Cape Jaffa, Ralph Fowler and Wangolina are participating in Aussie Wine Month by offering tastings (and purchase) of some of thier back vintage wines. Please contact each of the Cellar Doors for details. ... more
Cape Jaffa Wines has just been named a 5 star winery in the 2014 James Halliday Wine Companion! This accolade credits the winery as an outstanding producer of very high quality wines. And as an added pat on the back the winery has been singled out as one of Ten Dark Horses; a special accolade for receiving 5 stars for the first time. ‘Achieving a 5 star rating is a fabulous endorsement of our efforts to make outstanding wines’ says Derek Hooper ‘It’s also great for boosting the profile of Mt Benson as a wine producing region. It’s very fitting that this accolade arrived during Cape Jaffa’s 20 year anniversary and it’s a testament to the hard work of our Jaffa teams both past and present’. ... more
-newly registered grape being grown
Innovation is at home in Mount Benson among various practices encompassing vineyard and natural resource management as well as new fermentation technologies. A number of vineyards utilise innovative trellising, irrigation and pruning techniques which maximises sun penetration in the canopy during the growing season to give peak fruit ripeness, minimise disease risk, minimise water use and increase water use efficiency. In use around the region are the lyre trellis at Ralph Fowler Wines which spreads the canopy across two cordon wires increasing the light penetration into the vines and at Wangolina Station a mid-height sylvos training system is used in Sauvignon Blanc to manage disease risk and increase light and air movement. The region is also home to the first fully certified biodynamic vineyards on the Limestone Coast at Cape Jaffa Wines. Norfolk Rise Winery built in 2000 utilises fully automated Ganimede fermentation management technology which automatically perform operations in the winery to extract colour and tannin resulting in red wines with excellent structure.
The Mount Benson wine region is a region that is shaped by the passion and drive of youthful winemakers and viticulturalists. New ideas and great determination allow for the creation of exceptional wines that reflect the terrior on which the grapes are grown and the spirit of those that grow and make them.