Why are they so fabulous?
The Hesketh Wine Company is all the things we love here at fabulous HQ – small, family owned and boutique. With high quality, well priced wines.
They work with their own growers and process their own wines like traditional wineries. But rather than just stick to one region, they like to mix things up by playing to the strengths of different South Australian growing regions. All of Hesketh’s wines are lovingly coaxed into bottle by winemaker Phil Lehmann.
The Hesketh family – who have been doing the wine thing for 50 years now – have always followed the path less travelled. So it’s appropriate that their winemaking combines the traditional elements of vineyard selection and hands on winemaking, with a contemporary approach to the wines they make, and from where they make them.
We love Hesketh’s philosophy: Follow your own path. Eat well. Drink well.
Which wines should I try?
There are so many fabulous Hesketh Wines to choose from, but for something really unique try The Small Parcels range which is dedicated to creativity. They allow winemaker Phil Lehmann to explore more exotic grape varieties, or to bottle special individual parcels from each vintage which might otherwise be blended away.
Saignée Rosé: The term Saignée derives from the French word for ‘bleeding’; it is used to signify the extraction process (bled-off) of juice from the grape skins, to produce a Rosé wine. Our Rosé is made from the free-run juice of Mataro, Grenache, Tempranillo and Sangiovese grapes.
Negroamaro: Although still rare to find outside of its native Italy, Negroamaro fruit for this wine is grown by the Kalleske family on their vineyard in the Koonunga Hill sub-district of the Barossa Valley.
Bonvedro: An obscure variety, Bonvedro is known by approximately thirty different names, depending on where it is grown. In north-eastern Spain, where it originates, it goes by the name Parraleta. In Australia, it is often referred to as ‘False Carignan’, after mistakenly being identified as the Carignan variety for many decades.
Touriga: The Touriga fruit comes from the Tscharke family vineyard in the Seppeltsfield sub-district in the Barossa Valley. The vineyard is located on the eastern side of a ridge, positioned on the cusp of Seppeltsfield and Marananga – one of the most coveted locations within Australia’s premiere growing region.
Montepulciano: The Tscharke family also supply the Montepulciano fruit; grown on their vineyard in the highly regarded Stonewell sub-region on the Western side of the Barossa Valley.
Tempranillo: Grown on a single vineyard in the Rosedale sub-district of the Barossa Valley – a climate not dissimilar to Tempranillo’s natural environment in Spain – this low-elevated, south-western corner of the Valley is generally warm with minimal rainfall; well suited to this bold red variety.