Owners Tony and Felicity Ruse discovered Silverstream (40ha) when it was offered for sale in 2004.
The previous owners selected and developed the property in 1995, into a vineyard and an attractive country garden. Coming from New Zealand they name the property Silverstream after their hometown north of Wellington.
The picturesque undulating property boasts natural karri forests, fertile soil and ocean views. The Silverstream logo symbolises both vineyard and garden.
Initially, the grapes were harvested and sold on a grower contract basis. As new owners, they enjoyed selling their first harvest; however, a remaining eight rows of Chardonnay was left behind. With locals, these grapes were hand-picked and delivered to the local winery, who made their first wine – Silverstream Unwooded Chardonnay 2005
Our aim is to produce premium fruit resulting in cool climate single vineyard wines that express Denmark regionality.
Our preference is to hand pick our grapes. It results in less machine traffic in the vineyard (avoids compaction) and enhances the winemaking options available to the winery.
Even though this takes longer and is more costly, it continues to be a part of the culture. At the commencement of vintage in mid-February, we have a local group of enthusiastic pickers who earn wine for their efforts selected at our wind up vintage lunch. We believe this loyal band are our best local ambassadors.
We encourage you to participate in picking as a Passionate Picker by contacting us so we can advise picking dates. Harvest starts mid-Feb with the Sparkling Chardonnay (blanc de blanc) and subject to the season we finish in late April with our Reserve Cabernet Franc.
Want to become a Passionate Picker? Give us a call on 0418942933 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Silverstream believes in sharing knowledge and ideas on sustainable viticulture.
We have trained some wonderful participants through the WWOOF program. Who have not only made a valuable contribution to our operation, but have become, and remain good friends.
What is a wwoofa? Willing Worker On Organic Farms Australia.