Gracing the cover of the current issue of Halliday magazine is our very own Vineyard Manager, Michael Lane.
Michael was interviewed as an ‘unsung hero’ of winemaking and spoke of his approach towards the practical side of Biodynamics and symbiotic relationship between the vineyards and winery.
Viticulturist Michael Lane and our winemaker Peter Fraser first started working togther 18 years ago when the winery was previously owned by Normans Wines. Now known as Yangarra, our Estate is home to 35 individula blocks, spanning 70-year-old bush-vine grenahce and more recent plantings of southern Rhone varietals.
'During that time, Michael says there's been an evolution in style "from those broader wines with upfront fruit to the much more finessed and food-friendly styles of today."
He noted the biggest change for Yangarra has been the switch to biodynamics, with first discussions with Peter 10 years ago. "We had always focused on an intergrated pest management system, so we were quite soft in our approach anyway," Michael recalls. "When Pete suggested we switch to biodynamics, I was a bit like, Whoa, we're being as soft as we can, but the next step was to drop all the chemicals out completely."
'It required a change in mindset, to start looking at vine growth so that it was beneficial for vigour, biodiversity and getting slightly better fruit."
"Our focus is on the practical side of biodynmaics, rather than teh spiritual side. We're not out there clapping fish together; we still use the latest viticulture practices along with biodynamic prepartions."
For the full story, the Halliday April/May issue is on sale now.
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