The Vineyard


Location

Situated between the higher altitude vineyards on the upper slopes of Mt Canobolas and those on the lower slopes, it is located in a more sheltered sub-valley. This allows for good ripening conditions for both reds and whites while benefiting from the regions cool climate characteristics.

 

Grape Varieties

The predominant varieties are Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The reds are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Shiraz. Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay were the original whites with the more recent addition of small areas of Viognier and Gewurtztraminer, the latter grafted onto some Sauvignon Blanc vines.

 

Topography

The land rises and falls between 800 and 750 meters with slopes to the east, west and north.This is beneficial for air flow and frost control.

 

Size

28.9 ha with 21.6 ha planted to wine grapes.

 

Soil

Primarily a red clay loam of basaltic origin of moderate fertility and good water holding capacity.

 

Water

Runoff is captured in a 32 megalitre dam contained in a small  sub-valley  that descends to Boree Creek  and can be augmented from a bore.  All vine rows can be irrigated by dripper line.

 

Environmental Care

The aim for the vineyard is to have an environmentally friendly regime of no pesticides, with minimal weedicides until weed control has been established leading to the adoption of organic methods.