Wines

Ulithorne

McLaren Vale

Ulithorne

Sustainable practices

‘Ulithorne’ is an old, small family-owned vineyard situated in the premier wine region of McLaren Vale in South Australia. Its hilly, terraced and contoured vine rows overlook the sea, bordering the Onkaparinga River National Park. As custodians of this land, Sam Harrison and Rose Kentish aim to consistently produce exceptional quality wine from over 30 year old vines. Through sustainable vineyard practices, minimal irrigation, low yields, timely harvesting and TLC, Sam and Rose believe that they are providing a platform for the making of great wine.

A low incidence of pests and diseases means ‘Ulithorne’ is managed without any pesticides and only organically registered sulphur and copper sprays to prevent fungal disease. Ulithorne makes their own compost for organic fertilizer and intend to design an under-vine ‘weed slasher’ so full conversion to organics can be achieved. Irrigation is only applied mid summer as a supplement so the vines do not over-stress.  Yields range from 1-3 tonnes per acre depending on the block. Permanent cover crops are sown to increase organic bulk and reduce the need for cultivation. Tractors and vehicles are fueled by bio-diesel to reduce carbon emissions.

Ulithorne
Rose Kentish, winemaker & owner