Twenty-one winemakers in the Adelaide Hills have come together to create the Hills Appeal Wine – a 2019 Syrah Meunier – with all proceeds going back into the bushfire-damaged region.
You can purchase the wine here.
At $28 per bottle, all funds raised from the 10,800 bottles will be distributed back into the local industry, to grapegrowers, winemakers and vineyard owners impacted by the December 2019 bushfires.
Six months on from the fires, the wineries are proud to release the blend that is the culmination of juice from 21 producers.
The cool climate of the Hills is synonymous with delicate, fine and floral wines and the Hills Appeal hits all those high notes.
“This initiative was an amazing effort with so many winemakers quickly banding together for a project that greatly helps those in need,” says Adelaide Hills Wine Region executive officer, Kerry Treuel.
“Production in the Hills has been lower than average these past few years so to see the generosity of these producers, donating multiple barrels to help make this blend really just shows the spirit of our local wine industry.”
The fires burnt across 23,000 hectares in the Adelaide Hills region, with hundreds of primary producers and businesses having been impacted with significant losses and damage to vineyards, horticulture, farms and stock.
About 1,100 hectares of vineyard belonging to more than 60 growers are within, bordering or partially in the fire scar. This accounts for almost 30 percent of the entire Adelaide Hills plantings.
While the fire has directly impacted more than 60 grapegrowers and wine producers, the flow-on effect within the region has been severe and will be felt by many for years.
Pending travel restrictions due to Covid-19, all cellar doors in the region are open for business with no significant damage to main visitor venues (some sheds, wineries and temporary tasting facilities were damaged).
You can buy this special wine here for $28 per bottle or $150 for a sixpack. It is also available at Adelaide Hills cellar doors and bottle shops.
Syrah dominates the blend bringing a rich core of dark fruits, spice and classic savoury flavours, while one of the region’s newest luminaries, Pinot Meunier, quietly hums along in the background offering silky, toned, floral notes that brings this wine together. This vibrant, fresh style is perfect to drink now or put aside for a year or two and enjoy the depth that comes with a touch of age.
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