Artisan Winemaking

Harvest

Harvest traditionally commences in mid-February and ends by mid to late-April season dependent. A diversity of microclimates and terroir (elevation, sun, orientation) combined with varietal diversity in our vineyards means or fruit comes in at a gentle pace across 6 weeks. A good thing!

The harvesting is done block by block, based on careful assessment of grape chemistry and most importantly taste. Grapes are carefully harvested by selective process or handpicked and delivered in a timely manner to our Greenock winery in small picking bins. Grapes are carefully destemmed but not crushed and are berry sorted using modern state of the art processing equipment. Fermentation is meticulously and carefully managed in small temperature-controlled fermenters. Maceration on skins last ten to twenty days with twice daily pump-overs or pigeage. Following fermentation wine is gently basket pressed to tank. To produce wines the fill the palate we look for soft gentle extraction

After 48 hours natural settling wines are carefully racked off heavy lees to the finest selection of new and used French oak. Shiraz, Cabernet and Bordeaux varieties will mature in 10-30% new oak. Grenache and Mourvedre will mature in older puncheons and demi muids as well as concrete and terracotta vessels. New oak selections are always tight to extra tight grain with 36 months + seasoning. 

Blending Bench

Depending on the vintage, the winemaker usually has several hundred vessels which to blend in producing Murray Street’s core wines. Each vessel is hand selected and classified to a hierarchy of quality. Bench trials are reviewed where blends and number of cases are finalised. The style of wine we produce seeks a balance of oak, tannins, and fruit in a wine to enjoy upon release, but with cellaring potential. This final and rigorous selection ensures the best wine is selected for each of our products.

All our wines will benefit from decanting. Before bottling it is common to fine and filter wines to remove residual sediment, enhance clarity in the glass, and reduce the chance of spoilage. However, Murray Street red wines are bottled without fining and filtered to offer a richer palate experience and superior cellaring potential. We strive to produce wines that show a transparency of site and sense of place. Our wines are free of any animal products which makes them vegan friendly. These are true Domaine grown and crafted artisan wines.