Hastwell & Lightfoot is a partnership of two families who came together in 1988 to plant a vineyard. From that simple objective it has grown to include 40 acres of vineyard with a diverse selection of varieties including Viognier, Vermentino, Tempranillo, Cabernet Franc and Barbera, plus more; a winery, two wine brands, 10 different wine styles, a healthy export and domestic market and three acres of olives for Extra Virgin oil.
The vineyard is located on the deep sand hills of the north side of McLaren Vale which by nature of the geology causes vines to produce fruit that has flavours in the more subtle spectrum, as different to the full blown which often results from the heavier soils. All wines made are from estate grown fruit using vineyard practises which are very close to organic. The objective when making wine is to let the fruit speak for itself, that is, using minimal intervention.
The range includes Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Chardonnay, Vermentino, plus some blends of these varieties.
You say on your label –‘ wines made for eating’. What does that mean?
We chose those words to express our approach to wine making. We produce wines with food always in mind, as we want them to compliment food and extend the flavour experience. That means we don't make wines that are giants or wines that lack character.
You have a wine called 38 Days, which is quite unusual. What is the story of the title?
38 Days refers to the length of time the wine fermented on skins. A normal ferment is around six to eight days – any longer is not very practical but the benefits are there if you can give the wine the time. After 38 days the colour extraction is wonderful, the tannins have broken down and integrated into the palate. You would think after all this time it would be a big tannic wine, but it’s the very opposite. The time on skins results in a subtlety of bouquet and flavours.
Did you know...
In the last 12 months Hastwell & Lightfoot has won two Best Red Wine of Show awards in China and a Trophy in Singapore.