McHenry Hohen Vintners
Our wines are a dynamic expression of our bio-dynamic growing principles and minimal intervention wine-making techniques. With an ethos of quality over quantity, we create small lots of unique and high quality, natural wines. You will see hand-picked alternative varieties, wild ferments and full flavours derived from the terroir.
Our Cellar Door is located on our Burnside Vineyard site at 5962 Caves Road, just five minutes west of Margaret River townsite.
Fax: (61) 8 9757 7999
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His winemaking philosophy is an essentially simple and traditional one; close observation, careful nurturing and minimal intervention.
The resulting wines display outstanding varietal and vineyard integrity, balance, harmony and character.
Our wines are made with minimal additions and we are proud to be among pioneering wineries to be completely transparent in our winemaking by having our ingredients listed on the back label of our wines.
Under the guidance of David Hohnen, Trent has quickly become a shining star in the field. His innate understanding of the craft and refined palate have seen him earn responsibilities in judging national wine shows and addressing audiences in the merits of hands-off winemaking.
Prior to winemaking, Trent was an AFL full-back, playing for the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle. He retired from his football career at the age of 27 to pursue a passion for winemaking, and graduated with a BSc in Viticulture and Oenology at Curtin University in 2006.
Practices & Techniques
All our viticultural practices nurture the biodiversity both within the soil microbiology that surrounds the vines and the insects and animals which are attracted to the healthy crops.
McHenry Hohnen's vineyards are managed using 100% biodynamic methods which are designed to improve the vitality and health of the soil.
Biodynamic is similar to organic farming in that both take place without chemicals, but biodynamic farming incorporates ideas about a vineyard as an ecosystem, and also accounting for things such as astrological influences and lunar cycles.
Over time, methods and preparations create deeper topsoil, increase root mass and depth, increase carbon capture and water holding capacity of soils - thereby improving plant health and dramatically improving the plant's resistance to pests and disease.
McHenry Hohnen's vineyard manager Mike Sleegers is an experienced advocate of biodynamic farming and believes its the only way to grow the best quality grapes.
Natural composts and manure teas are made onsite, no chemicals are used and in the main, lunar cycles are observed in administering the biodynamic regimes. As Mike says, "A better environment gives you better wine."
Biodynamics revolves around an environmental equilibrium. We select variety for our climate, vine vigor for our soil types, and match crop size to canopy.We constantly work toward achieving balance; the key component to producing quality wines which are distinctive and sustainable. Harmony in the vineyard ecosystem includes all the viticultural practices we utilise; pruning, shoot thinning, leaf pulling, crop thinning, and irrigation.
The more balanced our vines, the more sustainable we are.
Each year, we compost all our grape mark with cattle manure for a year, when we spread it on our vineyards after harvest to feed the soil which feeds our vines.
Between Row Crops:
We use several between row crops, depending on our goals and the existing growth in each of our vineyard blocks. These include soil-building legume and grass mixes to encourage nitrogen and organic matter to keep the vines healthy, attract insects and control erosion.
Biodynamics uses an approach to pests and diseases that combines a wide array of farming practices by carefully monitoring pests and their natural predators to prevent crop damage. The overall goal is to reduce or eliminate pesticide use of both organic and synthetic chemicals.
Instead of using chemical sprays to control destructive insects, we use the natural predation method of introducing or encouraging beneficial insects to reduce their populations.
The Birds & The Bees:
Biodynamic vineyards create the optimum living environment for native birds and bees, who help with insect and rodent control.
Estate Vineyards / AVA
Hazel's Vineyard is named after Murray McHenry and Sandra Hohnen's mother.
It was developed in 1998 when Murray McHenry purchased an old farm south of Witchcliffe and planted 40ha of vines.
The vines are planted on a north facing slope of ironstone gravels on a tributary of the Upper Chapman Brook. This northern exposure, with some southerly cooling influences, makes this a great site.
Of note are the Bordeaux varieties, which form the major parcel of fruit allocated to McHenry Hohnen's super premium 'Rolling Stone' blend. Also exceptional is the Chardonnay from this site.
Hazel's is home for the Vintners, with a stunning state of the art winery built overlooking the northern slopes of the vineyard.
The property was purchased in 1976, at the time a run-down farm on the sharpest bend of the Margaret River.
Located close to the coast with views of the Indian Ocean, the name Burnside has its origins in Ireland where it means one who lives by a burn or stream.
Eleven hectares have been planted on a number of aspects, as dictated by the contours of the rivers bend.
It has proven to be an exceptional vineyard, the growing site of our flagship Single Vineyard Chardonnay.
The Burnside block is now home to our Cellar Door.