WINEMAKING: The wine making is of the traditional style. Minimum interference with the natural flavours of the grapes, reflecting the soils type, site characteristics and cool climate of the Yarra Valley region.
A UNIQUE VALLEY SITE: The vineyard is comprised of 8 acres of Pinot Noir (MV6 clone) and 2 acres of Chardonnay (P58 clone). We are in the process of adding 2 acres of Savignion Blanc (H5V10 clone) to the coolest end of vineyard, providing an excellent growing environment for this variety.
A low to medium vigour site suited to vertical shoot trellis system and the production of quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay fruit. The soil is Red Shale of the ridge country blended with the favoured grey soils of the river valley. Starting at first planting the vineyard has been managed with a view to gaining Organic Grower accreditation. Sustainable agricultural practice has been the focus of this operation.
Vintage 2005 is much the same as 2003, however the 2005 vintage is showing far more intense fruit flavours and a greater depth of colour. This is mainly due to further development of organic viticulture practices continually enhancing the soil conditions, lower cropping levels and a later harvest, associated with warmer climate conditions.
The current vintage is in the care of Terry Barnett of Master Winemakers, and is showing all the hallmarks of a great cool climate wine that is developing individual characteristics associated with the site. It is not expected to be released until late 2006 and is quite possibly going to be our best vintage yet, so stay tuned.