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Sapling Yard

Handcrafted Wines from a Boutique Vineyard

 
 

The Winery

Sapling Yard wines are hand crafted using grapes sourced from our boutique vineyard together with  the finest quality fruit carefully selected from premium vineyards in Murrumbateman and Tumbarumba regions.

 

Located at Charley's Forest 25km north of Braidwood, and at 650 metres above sea level, the property captures breathtaking views of the Budawang Range. Sapling Yard Creek flows across the vineyard, which as the name suggests, is heavily populated with Eucalypt saplings.

Grown in these inspiring cool climate surroundings, Sapling Yard produces wines of great flavor and elegance which reflect the natural beauty of the land.

 
 

Awards

The Sapling Yard Shiraz was entered in 3 shows in 2014, 2015 and 2016, NSW Small Wine Makers Show, Wine Wise and the Canberra Regional Wine Show. We won bronze medals in each show in 2014 and in 2015 a silver medal was won for the 2015 riesling. In 2016 the Shiraz viognier accomplished a silver medal while the 2015 Tumbarumba Chardonnay and 2016 riesling one bronze medals.

 
 

The Wines

 
 

Stockists

Sapling Yard Wines are available from the following stockists:

Ainslie Cellars (Canberra)

Plonk (Canberra)

Les Tres Bon Bungendore

Silo bakery Kingston

Toshi's Japanese Restaurant Mittagong

98 Chairs (Goulburn)

The Southern Harvest Farmers Market Anglican Hall Bungendore every Saturday

 

 

Wine Appreciation Classes

An Introduction to Wine and all of its intrigue

The course is designed to answer your most asked questions about wine and enhance your enjoyment of wine. An optional dinner will be held at week 6.

Course Content

Week 1 - How to taste wine, some basics on the wine show system and what medals really mean

Week 2 - How white wine is made, white wine varieties

Week 3 - How red wine is made, red wine varieties

Week 4 - The question of quality vs price, climate and wine style

Class 5 - Sparkling wine, sweet wine and fortified wine

Week 6 - optional wine dinner and wine options game

Class 1 will be an introduction and for you to decide if you would like to join the remaining classes,  the cost for this class will be $50 and includes, 8 wines, wine glass hire, hall hire and notes. If you would like to join the remaining classes,  the total cost will be $250

Full course includes:

All wine (approximately 40 bottles will be tasted)

6 Riedel tasting glasses to keep

Hall hire

All course notes

When and Where

TBA- please contact me via email info@saplingyard.com.au or 0410770894

 

 
 
 

We'd Love to Hear From You

You can contact us by telephone:+61 2  62380697; 0410770894, directly by email at info@saplingyard.com.au or using the contact form below:

 
 

Our Story

Carla Rodeghiero and Andrew Bennett planted a small  vineyard in 2008, it happened to be the same year they were married . The Vineyard has pinot noir (clones MV5, 777 ) riesling (Yalumba and UC Davis clones), Sauvignon Blanc, Gamay and a small experimental block of tempranillo and pinot blanc. It was a tough beginning, having planted in a drought and having been caught out in the Albarino savignin fiasco,  660 albarino vines were planted only to discover that they were actually the variety savignin, we have since had to remove these vines and hope to replace these with one of the other varieties planted. Our first vintage was 2013 and  In 2014 we produced out first wine from the Braidwood vineyard  but continue to source the best fruit from the Canberra Region.   Silver and bronze medals awarded for all 4 vintages. 

Andrew and Carla both work full time in the building and pharmaceutical clinical research industries, the vineyard and wine making is driven by a dedicated passion for wine.

Carla is the winemaker and started out as a Microbiologist, working as a locum in large hospitals both in Australia and London. Whilst in London Carla worked evenings in a wine bar on Carnaby Street and was mesmerised by the 1993 Mt Langi Ghiran Shiraz and vowed one day to make a wine that rivaled its remarkable character. Returning to Australia she then developed her career and became a Clinical Research Associate, specialising in pharmaceutical clinical trials, of which she is still involved in today. In 1997 Carla began a  Wine Science degree at Charles Sturt University and completed her last residential school  in 2004 with 9 week old Mia in tow. Whilst completing her degree, Carla has worked vintages in both the Hunter Valley, Orange NSW  and  the  Willamett Valley in Oregon USA.

Sapling Yard currently offer four wines; The 2015 Canberra Shiraz Viognier, 2016 'The Iron Bark' Riesling, 2016 Pinot Noir Rose, and 2015 Tumbarumba 'The Tantulean' Chardonnay

Our wines are made with dedication precision and passion, which is displayed in the quality of the wine. Quality is paramount, and begins in the vineyard, personality of the vineyard is resonated in the wine. There are no plans to expand, we love what we do, and will continue with making small quantities of wine with character and superior quality.