Haselgrove of McLaren Vale
Haselgrove started in the Coonawarra in the 1970's but soon moved to McLaren Vale. Nick Haselgrove took over from his father in 1980 and remains as chief winemaker. The company makes over 20 different styles of wines and recently spent some A$6million upgrading their winery.
At the Voice in Jazz, Gary Manthorpe presented four "different little styles" for our pleasure. These were:
- A sparkling wine made in McLaren Vale from fruit sourced in Mt Gambier (SE South Australia close to Coonawarra). This wine was made from pinot and chardonnay, an excellent sparkling wine combination. The wine won the consumer award at the recent Hyatt Awards.
- A chardonnay from fruit sourced in McLaren Vale and Loxton. This was a full bodied, ripe chardonnay.
- A shiraz and a cabernet under the Lost Sheep label and made from grapes sourced from Wrattonbully, also close by the Coonawarra. The Lost Sheep name relates to the chance discovery of the famous Naracoorte caves, by a farmer searching for his lost sheep.