Hemera; Goddess of morning light. When you stand in the vineyards first thing in the morning, and the mist slowly rises to expose the vines. You can understand why the new team at what was Ross Estate have chosen that name. It is supposedly one of the first vineyards in the Southern Barossa to receive the morning light. Based just outside Lyndoch, and typically has a marginally cooler weather profile than other parts of Barossa.
Hemera Estate formally known as Ross Estate is a 20 year old southern Barossa winery with 110 acres of vines which was originally developed by Darius and Pauline Ross. This rich land is home to an abundance of quality vines with many different grape varieties including the defining 101 year old Grenache.
The previous Ross Estate business was sold in early 2012 following Darius Ross’ desire to retire. It has now made the transition as Hemera Estate, and will open on 20 September 2013. Hemera Estate will have a strong focus on viticulture, winemaking and overall style, but I’m sure most wineries would strive for the same.
Alex Peel, Hemera Estates Winemaker (and previous winemaker with Ross Estate) is excited about the future of the company. Aiming for a balance between intensity, structure and that elusive term ‘elegance’. They will have stronger focus on luxury wines, with three main wine ranges; Single vineyard, Limited release, Super premium.
I eagerly await the wines coming from the team at Hemera Estate.