2021 Lakey Farm Heathcote Grampians Verdelho Viognier
Barrel fermented, basket pressed, natural ferment.
This wine's label features an illustration of a Trichogramma wasp. Trichogramma are tiny wasps (~0.5mm long) that are natural predators of other wasps and moths. They lay their eggs in eggs of moths whose larvae feed on many of our crops. Adults wasps feed on nectar and require a nectar source in order to sustain them in the egg parasitising activities. A recent survey at Ray-Monde found that Trichogamma were 3 x more abundant in treed shelter-belts that in pasture. Winter habitat and reduced use of insecticides is essential for them to flourish naturally.