We believe the secret to great wine is only using fruit from exceptional sites. Some of the best vineyards were selected for our wines to ensure we can produce the style we wish to make. Presently we source our magical fruit from two exceptional growers just down the road.
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The Heinrich Vineyard
This vineyard is perfect for Grenache and Mataro with the site situated in an elevated position on the edge of the Mt Lofty range between Rowland Flat and Lyndoch. On a clear day, you can see the glistening blue waters of St Vincent Gulf from the vineyard and it receives daily cooling “gully winds” during summer. The elevation and breezes keeps the temperature moderated and allows a slower ripening period. Perfect for acid retention and flavour development.
The soils are ideal for Grenache and Mataro with the vines planted in Sandy Loam soils with underlying Limestone. With this tough soil profile, the vines work hard and thus produce wines full of character and complexity. The Limestone adds a mineral edge to the wine.
The Grenache vines are 70 years old, while the Mataro vines are over 20 years old.
North Western Barossa
The Westlake Vineyard
The North-Western Barossa area is renowned for producing some of the greatest Shiraz to come from the Barossa so when looking for fruit sources for our wines it was an obvious choice. The Westlake Vineyard is right on the border of two of the most revered sub regions of the Barossa: Moppa and Koonunga Hill.
With our primary aim of producing Shiraz with a degree of elegance, finesse and high tones on the nose, the Westlake Vineyard site is perfect. It is elevated and in a cooler part of the Barossa. In fact, the Shiraz from this vineyard is some of the last Shiraz to be picked from the Barossa Valley.
The soils consist of shallow red brown soils over heavy clay, scattered with ironstone and quartz. The crops and canopy levels are naturally controlled due to these “lean” soils. A combination of the soil and climate in this vineyard have proven to make consistently expressive Shiraz that can be picked at moderate alcohol levels. Typical fruit expression from these vineyards are medium bodied wines with good plummy fruit, spiciness, with even a hint of pepper and a firm tannin spine.