The Vineyard


Location

On the Swan Bay peninsula of the Tamar Estuary in North East Tasmania. The 5 ha vineyard with its unique microclimate supports balanced vine growth and allows selective harvest of parcels of fruit at optimal flavour ripeness and natural acidity. Low yields and long, slow ripening conditions result in wines with distinctive varietal intensity, elevated fruit spice and mineral complexity.


Site

Gentle slopes with north easterly aspect maximizing light exposure and allowing natural water and cold air drainage. Reflected heat and light from the estuary provide a frost free site where soils warm early in spring.


Soil

Duplex, low vigour grey fine sandy loam topsoil over grey brown clay with gravel.


Perimeter

Three row native tree shelterbelt behind wildlife fencing, for protection from the predominant north westerly winds.

Planting

Row spacing 2.2m. Vine spacing 1.5m Inter-row areas planted as a permanent sward of low-vigour grasses with clover used as mulch.

 

Harvest season April 2011

Pinot Gris grapes being harvested, April 2011

Grape Varieties

Appropriate clones were sourced through vine improvement schemes in Victoria and South Australia to ensure heritage and virus-free status. The first vines were planted in 1999, yielding the first fruit in 2001.

Varieties include Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Riesling - all cool climate varieties ideally suited to the vineyard.

We have learnt that the vineyard's location and unique microclimate allowed us to selectively harvest different clones at optimal flavour ripeness and acidity. Low yields and long, slow ripening conditions resulted in fruit with distinctive varietal intensity, elevated fruit spice and mineral complexity. To ensure the highest possible quality fruit, meticulous attention is paid to canopy management and vine nutrition. The vines are nurtured and pampered throughout the season by a dedicated group of local helpers with all pruning, canopy management and picking done by hand.

We limit yields to 6-8 tonnes per hectare and produce approximately 35 tonnes per year, or 2,500 cases of wine.

Nets protect the harvest from birds

 

January 2011 and the vineyard is in picture-perfect condition