“Merops Ornatus” is the name of the “rainbow bee eater”, pictured on the label. These birds have been visiting our land for the past 25 years. These beautiful birds annually migrate to our vineyard, arriving after vine bud-burst and departing after berry veraison. Merops nest by tunnelling into a sandy hill. We designed the vineyard around the nesting area to create a sanctuary for the Merops. The grape is grown with the same philosophy of care. Borne of the belief that great wine cannot be made from ordinary fruit, the vineyard immediately adopted a regime of sustainability and organic ideals to achieve premium quality fruit. Balanced soils with a healthy biology, combined with natural inputs lead to intense, full flavoured fruit. Pruning is crafted to achieve reduced yields intensifying fruit flavours, bunches are then handpicked, processed and matured in oak barrels. The wine is made from grape solely grown on this estate.
The Label with the “Merop Ornatus” and the coloured rings represents the blue for the sky, green for the grass and orange for the earth. The name “Ornatus” is given to the blend produced each year of differing varieties.
From the 2009 vintage the vineyard has full certification with the National Association of Sustainable Agriculture of Australia. (NASAA) Organic Certification.
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