"Located in South Australia's Barossa Valley, we are inspired by the characters, the history and vineyards of this great wine region."
St John's Road 'Resurrection Vineyard'
The St John’s Road 'Resurrection Vineyard' is located in the highly regarded Ebenezer sub-district of the Barossa Valley; an area that Phil Lehmann has long held faith in to produce powerful and soulful reds. The 20Ha site is Shiraz predominant (>90%) with small pockets of Grenache, and more recently planted Sangiovese. Added appeal of this particular vineyard comes from the significant diversity present; a substantial variance in vine age, soil depth, aspect and vine selection has provided Phil with an exceptional palette to work with.
The most elevated point of our Resurrection Vineyard sits at 324m, where the soils are shallow and rocky, producing intensely flavoured fruit from low-yielding blocks. Along the northern boundary a striking 15m soil profile can be viewed overlooking the St Kitts Creek, showcasing the vibrant, red Ebenezer dirt impregnated with ironstone. It is within these deep, rich clay soils that our oldest vines thrive: five acres of twisted, gnarly old Shiraz vines planted during the '30s Great Depression. Phil likens the preservation of these old vines to 'respecting your elders', with the individual vines cared for year-round by Warwick (Wazza) Murray.
The gentle roll of the Eastern, to South-Western facing slopes provide varying exposure to light and heat during the day, an element of frost protection, and in sections, early ripening vines. These aspects combined add levels of complexity and difference to the St John's Road wines, showcasing the diversity apparent within the Barossa growing region.
In addition to our Resurrection Vineyard, Phil, Charlie James and Warwick work closely with a carefully aligned group of local growers, many of whom are from multi-generational Barossa grape growing families. These growers not only supply fruit for our wines, but also contribute their heritage, stories and personalities; the essence of St John’s Road.
Paul and Angie Schutz - Stonewell
Positioned in the famous Stonewell region of the Barossa - well known for its high quality reds - Paul and Angie Schutz tend to a beautifully mixed property of Shiraz, Mataro and Grenache grapes. Along with their small hobby farm, Paul keeps busy selling vineyard equipment while Angie maintains a very hands-on approach amongst the vines. While the low-yielding crops currently produce outstanding fruit for the existing St Johns Road range, they also have some glorious 80-year-old bush-vine Shiraz, which will be made into a premium single vineyard wine from the 2014 vintage.
Andy Kalleske - Moppa, Ebenezer, Nuriootpa
Andy is the youngest in succession to a family of professional grape growers; his parents John and Barb have paved the way, being consistent with quality and yield, to give the Kalleske name well earned respect in the district. They have vineyard holdings in the Moppa, Ebenezer and Nuriootpa sub-regions of the Barossa Valley, which although mostly planted to Shiraz, also contain some more exotic grape varieties such as Durif and Negroamaro.
Ben Zander - Eden Valley
Occupying a picturesque property in one of the cooler corners of the Barossa, Ben and his parents Ian and Jo are the proud growers of Riesling and Chardonnay for St Johns Road. Their Eden Valley acreage 'Wroxton Grange' is situated on Wilton Road and aside form being the key fruit source for our Peace of Eden Riesling, it has also been the cornerstone Riesling source for the famous Steingarten label for many years. Aside from viticulture, Ben's hobbies are centred around motorcycle riding with both him and his dad Ian active members of the Keyneton Motorcycle Club.
Phil and Sarah Lehmann - Eden Valley
In addition to his winemaking duties, Phil and Sarah maintain a beautiful low-yielding Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard in the Barossa Ranges, at Eden Valley. While Phil's upbringing has always been somewhat centred around the wine industry, Sarah's earlier life with the Australian Ballet was not quite as textbook. Since her 'retirement' from professional dancing, Sarah has been immersed into the country lifestyle with not only their 25 acre vineyard to tend to, but also a 10 acre Manzanillo Olive grove which is soon to be the source of some cracking St John's Road olive oil.
Terry and Jan Riley - Eden Valley
Terry and Jan Riley maintain a beautiful 96 hectare property just over a kilometre east of Eden Valley village. Their vineyards are grown on thick, loamy sand, over brown clay, producing fruit that showcases classic Eden Valley minerality. Elevation sits at about 400 metres with a gentle slope to the north-east which acts as a crucial frost barrier. While the Rileys grow a number of varieties, it is their premium Riesling and Shiraz fruit that we use for the Peace of Eden and Blood and Courage wines. Besides tending the vineyards Jan works full time teaching at Mt Pleasant Primary School, while Terry tries to fit in a couple of rounds of golf throughout the week.