Winery of the Week – Lark Hill
Lark Hill is a cold vineyard that was established in 1978 by Sue & Dave Carpenter, 30km North East of Canberra. At 860m elevation, Lark Hill is one of the highest plantings in the Canberra District!
Their vines are not very vigorous, giving intense flavours but limited crops. As most water available in the area is saline, the vines are pruned for low-yields and heavily mulched, to make the most of any available soil moisture.
In 2003, the Carpenters sought Biodynamic certification for this vineyard through NASAA Organic.
This Syrah is made with 20% whole bunch grapes and spends 12 months in French oak. The wine is perfumed and vibrant, with notes of rose petals, violets, brambly fruit and cracked pepper and supple tannins. It’s a generous and evolving wine.
By Mem Hemmings, Beverage Manager