MAKING THE WINE

With a modern approach to viticulture and Michael’s character-influenced wine making skills, Snow Dragon Wines bring a new and refined wine to the table with the same rich intense colour, flavour and complexity of the world-renowned Cape d’Estaing label. ……READ MORE…….

VINIFICATION 

The grapes are sent by ferry to the mainland immediately after picking. Verification and maturation take place in the Adelaide Hills at Lodestone Winery, Charleston. After about a week in stainless steel fermenters, the wine is transferred to oak hogsheads or barriques for the completion of fermentation. Most of the oak is French, but we very much like the added lift provided by good American oak, especially for our shiraz.  Wines are racked at least four times during their maturation, and this helps to increase complexity and to soften and round off any of the harder tannins.

SNOW DRAGON WINE MAKER

Lodestone Winery is located in Charleston, in the Adelaide Hills wine region of South Australia’s Mt Lofty Ranges.  The exciting young owner/wine maker, Michael Sykes, won the Brokenwood Dux of Second Year prize during his wine making course at the University of Adelaide. He worked with Cape d’Estaing winemaker Robyn Moody before starting his own winery at Lodestone and the ongoing relationship of these two exemplary wine makers shows in the maintenance of wine quality during the changeover to the new brand, Snow Dragon Wines.  With a modern approach to viticulture and Michael’s character-influenced wine making skills, Snow Dragon Wines bring a new and refined wine to the table with the same rich intense colour, flavour and complexity of the world-renowned Cape d’Estaing label.

Other labels producing wine made by Michael include; Howard Vineyard, Golding wines, Lobethal Road Wines, Verdun Park Wines and Kangaroo Island’s Two Wheeler Creek.

Michael’s attention to detail, high regard amongst South Australia best winemakers and prior association with Cape d’Estaing wines stood out when choosing a next generation winemaker for Snow Dragon Wines.  Realising we also had family friendships spawned in the Adelaide Hills sealed the deal, with a common life ethos and level of trust paramount to all of us in the Snow Dragon team.

Michael has been a great source of encouragement and information in the art of wine making and we are focused on providing him the best of grapes from our jewel of a vineyard.

The partnership is creating exquisite reds, further demonstrating the superior quality of wine attainable from the KI wine region.  As with previous Cape d’Estaing wines, Snow Dragon reds can be enjoyed today but will benefit from lengthy cellaring.