At Good Intentions Wine Co. we aim at making wines which emphasise our complex region of Mount Gambier expressing its unique and exciting Volcanic soils, limestone, shallow flint and ocean presence.
We are from a unique place expressing unique wines!
Our vineyards consist of three leased sites and two sites planted on our family property, all within the proximity of the landed volcanic ash from one of Australia's most recent eruption.
Our viticulture regime is ; immediately ceasing any use of herbicide spraying in favour of our own unique spray concoction of fermented seaweed collected from the beach down the road, along with organic copper and sulphurs to protect us against mildews. Additionally we have produced a home made product of worm castings from banks around the property. We believe strongly in the creation of spray preps made from on, or close by, our farm. We choose to let sheep chew our grasses down over winter and let the vineyards express their growth over spring and summer.
Mount Gambier is home to the youngest volcanoes in the country and some of the most fertile soils so the vigour in our vines is very high. Weeds and grasses under vine compete and help reduce this vigour. This makes organic growing in this region a great choice.
All of our leased vineyards lie on the south side of the volcano, on limestone soils. When the volcano erupted it dropped volcanic ash on the south side, and we love that it is here where all these vineyards are planted on.
Owners Les and Jackie Wright have become great friends, working on their beautiful hilly north facing vineyard is a luxury. The vineyard was set up as bush vines originally and later trellised and maintained beautifully by them for years. They still love to be involved and sharing a beer after a long day in the vineyard is special. This 2 Ha block is planted out completely to MV6 Pinot.
Owned by our friends David and Jeanie Gryn. This is a 2 Ha north-facing vineyard that slopes down and is planted to D5V12 Pinot Noir so it ripens earlier. This sparkling clone makes a beautiful earthy but extremely pretty wine somewhat different to the robust MV6. David and Jeanie have renovated the old cottage into a beautiful home overlooking their vineyard. David loves to get involved and always has a glass of wine for offer!
This vineyard is the closest plantings to the Blue lake (volcanic crater). Planted to Chardonnay at the base of the slope, this vineyard was left to its own devices for years until we starting running it in 2016. It has been a long road back and due to the bird's love for this vineyard we have only harvested a total of 90 kg since we started! It's lack of attention however has meant it has become resilient and we have had very few mildew problems even without spraying. We see great potential in this 1 Ha block. The 50 litres we have made is quite special.
Farmed and Owned by the pioneers of Mount Gambier viticulture; Lisle Pudney and Tom Ellis. Lisle runs this vineyard like clockwork and is a wealth of knowledge for young vine enthusiasts like myself. Tom, wife Sally and kids Lou and Tom have played a huge part in paving the way of the Mount Gambier wine through their label Coola Road (www.coolaroad.com) with wines of pure expression of place. You couldn't ask for a better location for a vineyard, planted on volcanic soils only kms from the ocean with heavy limestone below and a unique flint bed lying through the vineyards makes this a unique site to take fruit from. This uniqueness translates into the wine beautifully. This fruit is the best money can buy (in my opinion!)
Located in Mount Benson,130 km north west of Mount Gambier on the coast near Robe. Robe holds a special place in our heart; we have a family house there and it is where I holidayed as a child, where Louise and I were married, where our daughter Frankie was baptised and where one of my personal favourite varieties is planted - Cabernet Franc. Andy Murdoch owner and viticulturist is one of the best in the region and the fruit produced here is superior. Lying next to the ocean on red sandy soils full of iron and with limestone below makes for a beautiful and unique Cab Franc with saline characters.