This is the venture of Greg and Emma Koch, Greg with a quarter-century of viticultural experience, first in Coonawarra (17 years) and thereafter turning his attention to Wrattonbully, buying land there in 1995 and setting up Terra Rossa Viticultural Management to assist growers across the Limestone Coast. Greg and Emma now have 23ha of cabernet sauvignon and 5ha of pinot gris, and retain the services of the immensely experienced Robin Moody to oversee the making of the Redden Bridge wines at Cape Jaffa Estate.
When head and heart combine, the magic that is Redden Bridge Wines is created…..
Terroir, a term coined by the French to define when a plant unites with geography, geology and climate to yield distinct characteristics. Redden Bridge Wines are pro-duced from single vineyard grapes in the Wrattonbully Wine Region. If any region in Australia epitomises Terroir best, it is Wrattonbully.
Wrattonbully Wine Region is located within the greater Limestone Coast Wine Region. It neighbours the better known Padthaway to the North and Coonawarra to the South, and while it sits in the shadows of two of the big names, it is rapidly building respect as a South Australian wine region in its own right.
Terra Rossa soil is unique to the Limestone Coast and has become renowned for the qualities it imparts to the vines it produces. Consisting of a mixture of sand and clay over limestone, good drainage and moisture retention ensure the roots prevail throughout the summer months.
Wrattonbully has a cool climate, but is slightly warmer than that of Coonawarra. Fewer frosts are experienced due to the topical elevation of the region; as well as lower humidity which in turn, means less disease pressure.
Redden Bridge Wines have capitalised on all three of these facets, however that wasn’t enough to satisfy Greg & Emma Koch’s passion for sustainability. They have been using organic, biodynamic and biological viticulture techniques since inception of the vineyard in 1996. Biological farming is primarily about understanding the relation-ship between soil’s chemical, physical and biological aspects. How the soil is cared for and the millions of organisms within the soil are sustained, determines the health of the foods we induce.
Organic farming excludes the use of all synthetic or manufactured compounds as a means of maintaining the biological equilibrium. This methodology is continued throughout the winemaking experience with thanks to the crew at Cape Jaffa Winery – Certified Biodynamic Processors.
Biodynamic farming takes the heart and soul that all farming requires, continues the organic and biological methodologies, and introduces a holistic aspect recognising the vineyard forms part of an ecosystem. Careful planning around the phases of the moon; knowing the difference between good bugs and bad bugs; and keeping the ecosystem functioning, has proven the vineyard to become more and more resilient as years go on.
In short, everything which is removed from the soil, is returned to the soil, ensuring sustained health of nature, agriculture and society alike. The result? Wines with great sugar/acid balance, and clean, fruit driven flavours. When you drink these wines, you know the gift you give yourself, is a gift for generations to come!
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