This is the thoroughly impressive venture of newlyweds Turon and Alex White. Working for several small wineries while studying at university, Turon realised the potential of the ever-varying site climates within the Adelaide Hills. His overseas winemaking experience while completing his degree was appropriately lateral, with vintage winemaking at Argyle in Oregon and at Kovács Nimród in Eger, Hungary. Out of this has come a minimal-intervention approach to winemaking, being confident enough to stand back and let the wine develop and be itself, but equally being prepared to intervene if needs must. Selecting the right site, soil and meso climate within the region is, Turon believes, crucial in allowing the wines to reach their full potential. That said, experimentation of method is also of prime importance in understanding the potential of terroir and variety. One could go on with the philosophical side, but there is also a practical element. They have built a winery at their property in Lenswood and turned it into a co-operative winery from the outset, where young winemakers can work together, sharing equipment, resources and knowledge. They called the venture the Hills Handcrafted Collective, with wines to be released from the Collective a bit further down the track. Given the quality of the wines released under the Turon Wines label, one is tempted to say the sky’s the limit. As it is, it was one of the top new wineries in the Wine Companion 2019.
Lenswood, Adelaide Hills winery handcrafting cool climate wines. Specialising in chardonnay, pinot noir and shiraz.