Cabernet Sauvignon was the first variety planted in 1988 on the New Era property – a decision taken largely in recognition of the unique characters capable of being produced in a cool climate region such as the Adelaide Hills. Over the next 27 years Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Merlot and Pinot Noir were planted and have now reached full maturity. Recent additions of some lesser known European varieties such as Sangiovese, Touriga, Nebbiolo and Montepulciano have been included into the varietal range in response to a realisation that the microclimate in this region of the Adelaide Hills has the potential to deliver superior quality red varietal wines in a traditional style.
At New Era we approach our vineyard and winemaking operations with a philosophy focused upon delivering a sustainable future for the business whilst minimising the impact on the biodiversity of the environment and the flora and fauna that is supported by the property. This extends to the family of kangaroos that call New Era home and the flocks of parrots that time their arrival to share vintage with us. A policy of minimal applications of herbicides, pesticides and other chemicals ensures that the New Era vineyard operations have the smallest impact possible on the local ecosystem.
Bob and Iain are personally engaged in the extensive range of manual activities so necessary for the generation of superior quality in the vineyard. Hand pruning to optimise the levels of yield, bunch thinning to achieve just the right number of bunches per vine, shoot thinning to remove some of the weaker shoots and open up the canopy to allow the circulation of air, leaf plucking to enable optimal light penetration to enhance fruit colour development are just a few of the techniques employed to guarantee the production of superior quality grapes that express the unique terroir of our site.