Sunny days ahead for Moores Hill
Moores Hill winery in the West Tamar region is Tasmania’s first off-grid winery. It’s 100% solar powered and claims to be ‘making wine powered by the sun’. It draws no power from the electricity grid: 108 solar panels on the roof provide 28 kW of electricity, with 81 kW of battery storage. They also have a Tesla vehicle charging station.
Moores Hill and fellow Tamar Valley winery Native Point merged in 2017 with the owners of Moores Hill, winemaker Julian Allport and his partner Fiona Weller, linking with Native Point’s owners Tim and Sheena High. Sheena is the viticulturist. They resolved to immediately build a winery at Moores Hill and a bottling facility at Native Point. It’s yet another example of boutique Tasmanian wine producers getting serious about their future. The new winery was completed in time for the 2017 vintage.
The new winery “not only shortens the distance between vine and wine to aid wine quality, it gives us the flexibility to pick in small batches, to experiment and to be in of control the process from beginning to end.”
Moores Hill subtly-oaked 2016 chardonnay won a gold medal at the recent Tasmanian Wine Show, while their non-vintage sparkling blanc de blancs won a strong silver (and a gold-medal score from me).
In addition, they are moving towards a more sustainable kind of vineyard management. The high-altitude (for Tasmania!) 120-metre altitude site near Exeter is managed for low yields.
“Our viticultural practices involve preventative management of common vineyard diseases and pests with the bare minimum of chemical intervention, and every year we use less and less nasties.”
Cheers to that.