Inspired by early Margaret River Zinfandel pioneer David Hohnen Jamie & Lara chose the variety Zinfandel because of its’ luscious berry fruit characters. Zinfandel is widely planted in California and has been traced back to Puglia in Italy where it is known as Primitivo.
Soil sampling on the property revealed a patch of deep red gravelly loam with a north facing aspect, approximately an acre in size, an ideal site for grapes.
With three small boys and new plantings of avocados and olives to look after, the vineyard establishment was somehow achieved in a happy blur. Jamie and Lara’s three boys spent many days sleeping in their prams, or playing in the dirt while the vineyard was planted and tended. Being unirrigated, and organic from the start, meant many replants. The boys were invaluable helping as they got older. Now young men they are expert grape pickers, pruners and helpers in every aspect of the farm.
In 2011, keeping with the Italian theme, Lara & Jamie planted a white grape variety called Vermentino. It is grown in Sardinia, Italy and in France is known as Rolle. A small amount is planted in Australia. The wine is pale in colour, medium bodied and the palate is full of sumptious zesty lemon, stone fruit, pear and earthy minerality. It is an excellent food wine.
Liquor Control Regulations 1989 (section 113A) Licence Number: 13221 Class of Licence: Producers Licence Name of Licensee: Burnside Organic Farm Address: 287 Burnside Rd, Burnside, WA 6285, Australia Phone: +61 8 9757 2139