Sunbury & Heathcote, VIC
Winemaker: Steven Worley
The Hairy Arm Wine Company all came about when Steven and Natalie Worley started producing small parcels of Shiraz from a carefully selected site in Sunbury Victorian in 2003.
Steve tossed in his career as an exploration geologist in 2001 to study viticulture and oenology. This was a long held dream of applying his love of earth science to the crafting of exclusive batches of premium wine from special sites.
The first vintage was in 2004 and consecutive vintages with the exception of 2006 have led to Hairy Arm reaching a 5 star rating in the number one Australian Wine guide in 2014.
Focus in the vineyard and minimal intervention in the winery ensure these wines tell a real story of provenance. Steve selects small parcels of fruit from long term lease vineyards in Sunbury and Heathcote for the Hairy Arm Wines. In 2010 a small patch of 4 rows of Heathcote Nebbiolo was secured long term to make a new addition to the Hairy Wine range.
The vineyards are fully managed by Steve, so he utilizes his geological background in soil management to. Crushed Abalone shells over the topsoil provide a reflective bit of sun to enhance ripening in the cool windswept vineyard in Sunbury.
Small batches of both Shiraz and even more so the Nebbiolo are made and the wines are extremely limited, but a natural wine making philosophy is adhered to, with minimal filtration. Steve uses of 100% Burgundian Remond Barrels and an extra bit of time in the bottle makes the Hairy Arm Wines very unique and most individual.