Gavin Berry and Michael Kerrigan have been making wine in Western Australia for a combined fifty something years; most recently Gavin as owner and winemaker at West Cape Howe Wines in Great Southern and Michael as owner and winemaker of Hay Shed Hill Wines in Margaret River.
Michael and Gavin have been making the Vinaceous wines since 2007 and Kerrigan + Berry since 2008.
Kerrigan + Berry
The KERRIGAN + BERRY wines are a collaborative effort by two Western Australia winemakers; Gavin Berry of West Cape Howe in the Great Southern and Michael Kerrigan of Hay Shed Hill in Margaret River. Putting regional rivalry aside we simply strive to make wines that we love to drink, wines that we believe represent the best that Western Australia produces. Wines made with the most fundamental objective of using the best vineyard resources and winemaking with no regard for the state of the wine market or any other commercial concern.
"The Kerrigan + Berry wines are made from the highest quality grapes selected from the finest vineyards; our interpretation of the best of Western Australia". Michael Kerrigan + Gavin Berry
Established in 2007, Vinaceous Wines is owned and operated by winemakers Michael Kerrigan and Gavin Berry. Grapes are sourced from the best vineyards in the premium maritime climate wine regions of Margaret River, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale to make their unique range of fine Australian wines. As well as the usual French varietals, Vinaceous champions emerging new varietals such as Pinot Grigio, Vermentino and Tempranillo.
Many organic principles are incorporated into our vineyard systems.
No glyphosate herbicides are used within our vineyards.
All nutrition requirements are based upon stringent soil analysis, and a spring application of mineral based fertiliser that is microbially seeded and spread as required. During the warm summer months liquid kelp is used as a conditioner to maintain leaf health so important during the final ripening phase.
We always use a very soft fungicide program and rely on organically approved sulfurs and copper, as the backbone of our programs, used in conjunction with canopy manipulation to reduce the incidence of pests and disease.
It is a ‘holistic approach’; with each component affecting the next with a strong emphasis on soil and plant health as a natural deterrent to pest and disease.
Margaret River is the major geographical indication wine region in southwest Western Australia, with 5,017 hectares under vine and 215 wineries as at 2012. Margaret River wine region is made up, predominately, of boutique size wine producers; although winery operations range from the smallest crushing of 3.5 tons per year to the largest around 7,000 tonne.
The climate of Margaret River is more strongly maritime-influenced than any other major Australian region. It has the lowest mean annual temperature range, of only 7.6C, and for good measure has the most marked Mediterranean climate in terms of rainfall, with only 200 millimeters of the annual 1,160 millimeters falling between October and April. The low diurnal and seasonal temperature range means an unusually even accumulation of warmth. Overall the climate is similar to that of Bordeaux in a dry vintage.
Although the region produces just three percent of total Australian grape production, it produces over 20 percent of Australia’s premium wine market. The principal grape varieties are fairly evenly split between red and white; Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Shiraz, Merlot, Chenin Blanc and Verdelho – however, new and exciting varietals such as Malbec, Sangiovese and Tempranillo are showing huge potential in Margaret River.
Not surprisingly, this is the region where over 60% of Vinaceous’ production lies; with DIVINE LIGHT Sauvignon Blanc, SHAKRE Chardonnay, SALOME Tempranillo Rose, RED RIGHT HAND Shiraz Grenache Tempranillo, RACONTEUR Cabernet Sauvignon and the award winning VOODOO MOON Malbec are grown, selected and made.
McLaren Vale is a wine region approximately 35 km south of Adelaide in South Australia and is internationally renowned for the wines it produces. The region has a distinct Mediterranean climate with four clear seasons – a dry warm summer from December through to March, giving gentle, long warm days and short cool nights. The McLaren Vale region is well known for its dry red wines, especially those made from Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot are also grown, while white wine varieties from region include Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Riesling. In recent years innovative wineries have begun using less common varieties such as Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Barbera, Cinsaut, Vermentino, and Viognier.
But, the region is best known for producing Shiraz and it is by far the most important variety for the region, accounting for about 50 percent of the total crush. The area’s thin soils, limited water and warm summers harness Shiraz’s natural vigor and produce intense flavored fruit, and wine with a deep purple color that can last decades in the bottle.
But, the region is best known for producing Shiraz and it is by far the most important variety for the region, accounting for about 50 percent of the total crush. The area’s thin soils, limited water and warm summers harness Shiraz’s natural vigor and produce intense flavoured fruit, and wine with a deep purple colour that can last decades in the bottle.
Adelaide Hills is Australia’s most vibrant cool climate wine region. With over 90 wine labels and 48 cellar doors, it is acknowledged internationally for its distinctive premium wines, viticulture and stunning scenery.
The region is located in the Mount Lofty Ranges east of Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia. Stretching in a narrow band approximately 70km long, the highest vineyards are sited between 600-650 metres altitude in areas such as Crafers, Summertown, Piccadilly and Carey Gully. It is also one of the largest geographical wine regions in Australia, and amongst the most diverse in terms of climate, soil and topography; home to some of Australia’s most elegant cool climate wines, displaying great finesse and varietal intensity.
The folds and undulations of the Adelaide Hills create a wide range of mesoclimates; as such, the vineyards tend to be small in area and often very steep – this diversity plays host to a range of grape varieties and wine styles.
In the coolest areas, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varieties produce exemplary sparkling and table wines. Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris/Grigio enter into the picture as the temperature rises – while many unique vineyard sites, combined with very careful management techniques, allow the successful ripening and flavour profile development of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz and Merlot.
It is this distinctiveness; both in the climate and unique soils that we find the ideal region to grow and make the Vinaceous SIRENYA Pinot Grigio.