The first Homeless Grapes Project started with one little Facebook post. Jock Harvey, from Chalk Hill Wines, posted that he had a surplus block of vines and anyone was welcome to them if they made a donation to charity. Our CEO André saw an opportunity: why don’t we make a cheeky little shiraz instead and send 100% of the profits to charity? He contacted Jock and the rest, as they say in the biz, took a shitload of hard work and was totally worth it. People jumped on board the HGP train immediately, keen to be involved and help in any way possible. The result? An incredible $36,000 donation to the Hutt St Centre in Adelaide. Another $44,000 followed from the proceeds of the 2016 vintage.
That all started in 2015 – now we’re back with Round Three.
Raising $80,000 is a phenomenal effort but it ain’t going to stop homelessness. We reckon the Hutt St Centre do an amazing job, but they’ll always need help. They serve around 50,000 meals a year and provide support services to nearly 2,000 people. Each day, 200+ homeless people visit the centre and are provided with showers, laundry facilities, education and training, legal aid and more. This kind of support costs money, the kind of money that’s notoriously hard to come by. That’s why we’re incredibly proud of this project and all the people that came together to make it happen. Again.
Though we have the absolute honour of selling the finished product, we can’t take responsibility for this vino. This is a community effort for community gain, from the winemakers doing the hard yards to our designer, Adam Monster, working on the label, to the volunteer mofos out picking grapes. Everyone played or will play a part in this and we give thanks to you all.
Extra special thanks for this special shiraz project go to:
Jock Harvey of Chalk Hill Wines
The original instigator, and his contributions keep on keeping on. Jock is a star connector, and helped find participants from all fields, from other Vale legends providing burgers and coffee for the pick, to other providers of vinous goodness for the wine. He is a force for good.
Alexia Roberts of Penny’s Hill
The wine’s being made by another deadset legend, Alexia Roberts of Penny’s Hill. Her aim is to make elegant, fruit-driven, single vineyard estate-grown wines, and we can attest to the fact that she’s winning on this front. Looking forward to seeing the goodness she creates here.
Without the donation of grapes, growing and making time, this project wouldn’t have been possible, and couldn’t have hit the highs it has, that we never could have predicted.
Extra special thanks also go to you mofos. Yeah, you. You who jumped out of bed without much notice (hello fickle nature, we’re looking at you) and headed to a vineyard to spend some time with these homeless grapes. You who bought a case of a previous vintage and helped us do some good. You who shared that wine with friends and spread the message of Homeless Grapes. You, who upon reading this, will buy a case of this vintage and help make a difference. You, who is out there contributing to a better world.
A lot of love has gone into the making of this wine, not to mention how good we’re all going to feel about being involved, as your money will be going straight to Hutt St Centre.
It’s spent half its life in fancy oak barrels and half its life resting in bottle so far, and it just needs to spend the rest of its life with you. The fruit quality shines through: bright plum and blackberry, a lick of licorice and dried oregano. It’s meaty, spicy, grunty but all the while smartly balanced and approachable. The texture’s classic McLaren - initially smooth, moving through chalky to a juicy-sandy drying finish. It’s characteristically warming, hearty and wholesome. Which I think is fitting, given its purpose.
This shiraz is ready to roll now, so do some good and drink good vino. Simultaneous lovin’, baby.
200 Cases provides:
- 570 Hutt St clients housed
- 153 Hutt St clients employed
- 41,134 Nutritious meals
- 5,184 Loads of washing for Hutt St clients
- 11,520 Showers
- 3,100 Client appointments with Hutt St nurses
EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS.
It’s cool, we get it, you want to know absolutely everything about this wine. Well here you go, go nuts.
- McLaren Vale
- Alcohol by Vol.
- Bottle Vol
- Blend Info
- Serving Temp.
McLaren Vale is a region that lives in the shadow of the hype of the Barossa. While it has played on Shiraz as its drawcard, and continues to battle (quite rightly) with the supreme power of the Barossa, perhaps the most exciting wines from this region are its old vine Grenache and Mataro (Mourvedre/Monastrell - whatever you want to call it), and its more recent foray into Spanish and Italian varietals. Both the sun's warmth and the reliable salty afternoon gully breeze make the climate closer to Mediterranean than many other Aussie regions, and some of the Fiano, Vermentino, Tempranillo and Sangiovese from here are sublime (to name only a few). Awareness, proper consideration and sense of place are key attributes to the region's success, and its recent win against urbanisation reinforces the value of the viticultural region.