Our 1.6 hectare vineyard was established with our first block of Cabernet Sauvignon in 1991. “Monty’s Block” as it is known (named after our family cat!) was grafted across to Gewurztraminer in 2005 and now produces some very intense wines from 24 year old vines.
Our Tulum Creek vineyard (the creek runs through our property adjacent to the vineyard) was planted out in 2000, and comprises Tempranillo, Riesling and Durif (Petite Syrah) all on American rootstock as an insurance against infestations of phylloxera. We have a couple of experimental rows of Savigin (we thought it was Albarino) to see how this performs in our cooler climate.
We are located only 2Km from Westernport Bay with the vineyard facing North East so it is regarded as a maritime climate free of frosts, but can be rather prone to disease which is constantly monitored in the growing season.
The soil is grey loam over a deep clay so nutrition and water are not a huge problem with an average rainfall of 750mm. We survived the 13 year drought without too many problems and the vines are now of an age where the fruit flavours are at their best. John is assisted by Michael McCrae in the vineyard management and we hope you enjoy the fruits of our labours!