A new range of wines from Woodvale; Sharegarden remembers an earlier time when a few of the local growers around Leasingham and Watervale operated small vineyards in partnership with the Stanley Wine Company (now known as Leasingham Wines).
It was a unique arrangement whereby Stanley owned the vineyards and the growers each operated their patch under a shared contact, the growers covering all production costs with all fruit being sold to Stanley. As Mort recalls, with all vineyards being dry-grown, in a good season, the growers made a small profit whereas in drier years, generally lost money. But it was a scheme that enabled many young growers a foothold in the industry.
More broadly, many of the earlier Clare Valley growers referred fondly to their vineyard as gardens, a term that is still used widely today. Sadly, this large Sharegarden was removed in the early 1980s, a casualty of oversupply and an overzealous, government sponsored, vine pull scheme!
Our Sharegarden range pays homage to what the Clare Valley has classically done so well for over a hundred years, that is producing full-bodied spicy Shiraz, elegant Cabernets, zesty Rieslings and steely, lemon-scented Semillons. All drinking superbly whilst young but providing additional reward if cellared up to fifteen years.