Manon Farm is perched high up (600 meters elevation) on the Forest Range ridge of the Adelaide Hills nestled between the Basket Range and Lenswood. With a dramatic view straight down to the Gulf St Vincent below this unique situation is very rewarding for the vines as cooling air is drawn straight up and over the farm from the ocean. This combined with the elevation results in an extra long, slow ripening period for the grapes and ideal growing conditions for our organic approach.
The ridge was formed some 600 million years ago during the Cambrian period and as such there is a great complexity of very, very old rocks - predominately mica schists with large seams of iron stone quartz then a red clay layer and lastly a thin but beautiful top soil formed by ancient eucalypt forests and the passage of time... This super abundance of quartz and mica (silica) makes for very mineral driven wines.
Our farm is 25 acres in total with 15 of that devoted to the vine. These vines have been planted progressively since 1993 and comprise of many small plots that include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Savagnin, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Garganega, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. We make many different cuvées depending on the season. The vines are dry farmed and the land is tended using Biodynamic culture - a holistic farming method in sync with the rhythms of the earth and the cosmos which is dear to our hearts and hands. This is incredibly enriching and satisfying for us and the land.
We wish not to control Nature but to work with, listen to and be attentive every step of the way. Creating a truly diverse working farm with vines, orchards, livestock, vegetables and native forest. Our own world truly humming with the vibration of life.
In the cellar we choose to use time honoured manual techniques. Grapes are picked in small selections by hand and make their way a few meters to the cellar where the fermentation journey begins. Life in the cellar is slow and undisturbed with no additions being made at any point in the wines life. They are then left to settle and gather during the winter months with no interruptions, just the odd visit for a taste! The wine remains unfiltered and unfined. Bottling is done very gently, all by gravity with the wines sealed using a natural unbleached cork and then left to rest in the cellar for different periods of time until they tell us they are ready.
Our wines remain raw, living, honest and are an illustration of the vines we tend.