Oldest Shiraz Vineyard In McLaren ValeDecember 2010
Rob Linn, a highly respected and well regarded historian has made an interesting discovery and uncovered that we at Conte Estate Wines hold the oldest surviving Shiraz vineyard in the McLaren Vale region, how exciting! The historians research led to discoveries of numerous newspaper articles on Thomas Hardy's new vineyard purchases. One article inparticular within the South Australian Register newspaper in 1892 has specific information on our 'Over The Hill' Shiraz vineyard . The historian concluded that in 1880 it was originally planted on the 120 property called Latta's. This land was then purchased by Thomas Hardy in 1886 and re-named Glen Hardy.
Not only this rare finding was revealed but he also had high praise for our wines, his supportive email as described below.
Since I wrote the note to you I have, with our
family, tasted four of the wines - reds and
whites. We all agree that you are 'out of the
box'. You show a refreshingly different approach
to wine making and these are wines with class,
real finesse. Your father is right about the
Gewurtztraminer, it is a stunner. You have what
book designers call 'understated elegance'. I
wish more people could try the wines. Again, the
grenache is magnificent and the pinot is
fantastic and the chardonnay and so I can go
on. Please, the thanks are from us.
To read the Messenger article click here