The Gatekeeper, Simon Hackett

Australia, McLaren Vale



Simon Hackett grew up in a family resonating in agricultural history. Born in the Barossa Valley where his family home was situated next to the Saltram Winery at Angaston. Not surprisingly at age 18, Simon began his career in winemaking, serving his apprenticeship at Saltram Winery under the watchful eye of Master Winemaker, Peter Lehmann. In 1973 further experience was gained by joining the winemaking team at Southern Vales Winery in McLaren Vale headed by Senior Winemaker Grant Burge. In 1984 Simon established his own boutique winery in a disused wine cellar on a hill overlooking the beautiful McLaren Vale, producing a range of rich, bold, innovative wines using premium grapes grown in the Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills and Mclaren Vale. Yields are often small and his entire annual production rarely exceeds 10,000 cases. Simon handcrafts his wines in small open top fermenters, then gently nurturing them in a combination of French and American oak hogsheads. Simon Hackett’s wines are the very essence of the winemaker himself – timelessly packaged, big, friendly and full of life. They reflect not just the terroir and climate but also Simon’s personality and the agricultural heritage of his family. 


Technical Information

Wine Varietals Vine Age Soil Type Farming Type
South Australia Chardonnay Chardonnay 30-35 years Grey to grey brown loam Sustainable
South Australian Shiraz Shiraz 25-30 years Gilgi clay over limestone to deep alluvial sandy loam in Langhorne Creek Sustainable
Simon Hackett Old Vines Grenache Grenache 40-45 years Gigi clay over limestone Sustainable