– With Peter Bourne –
The roots of Kyara Wines dates back to 1847 when a young Silesian refugee — Heinrich Fiebiger — arrived from Prussia and settled with his family in Hahndorf. In 1861 Fiebiger moved to the Flaxman Valley and went on to become a pioneer in the establishment of the Eden Valley region. The top echelon of the Kyara wines are named in his honour — Thistle & Burr, Bush Lawyer and Justice of the Peace each recognise Fiebiger’s various roles in local government. The Thistle & Burr Riesling is named after Heinrich Fiebiger’s position in 1873 as Thistle & Burr Inspector, when these weeds were carefully monitored. The other two brand names are self-explanatory. Over 150 years later, Heinrich Fiebiger’s descendants still live off the land he settled in the Keyneton area in 1861.
The new era begins in 2012 when Barossa-born Kylie & Leon Prendergast returned to their birthplace after a 20 year sojourn travelling the world in the fashion accessories business. Their Heathvale homestead dates back to 1872 with their vineyard planted in the 1970’s with later blocks in the 1990’s. Their first vintage in 2013 set a standard that’s been eclipsed every year since. The 2015 Justice of the Peace is a highpoint of the Prendergast’s winegrowing with the empathy of Jo Irvine’s winemaking an important contributing factor. The Prendergast’s are patient folk, waiting until 2018 to launch their first wines onto the domestic and international market. The blend of an historic site, fresh & enthusiastic eyes and Jo Irvine’s assiduous winemaking will soon see the Kyara name up in lights. There’ll never be a better time to buy Kyara wines.