Philosophy

We believe that great wine is substantially made in the vineyard, and it all starts with terroir. Our enduring drive for quality is supported by our focus on terroir-driven cultivation & wine making; and precision viticulture and sustainability.

Terroir-Driven Cultivation & Wine Making

LLike the French, we believe great wine is substantially made in the vineyard. We continue to undertake extensive research to truly understand our terroir. Why is this important? The vineyard management practices and clone selection required for our ultra-cool climate alkaline terroir are significantly different to those required for the more acidic terroir profiles in most Australian growing regions. In recognition of this, we invest in research and experimentation to develop and refine our approaches to soil nutrition/microbiology/ balance. We judiciously introduce new technology and analytics to continuously improve our vineyard management practices, operational approaches and wine-making specifications to better suit our unique combination of cool climate conditions and alkaline soil profile.

To understand how different we are to most Australian wine growing regions in both micro-climate and soil profile, please refer to the following chart.

Similar Terroir to Major French Regions

This chart demonstrates the similarity of our terroir to the major French wine growing regions, and our uniqueness in Australia.
The points above reflect the averages for each region, based on published sources. Individual wineries may differ from the average on either scale. Sources: National Land & Water Resources Audit, 2004; Bureau of Meteorology; Assessing the pH and pH buffering capacity of Australian viticultural soils, Ben P. Thomas, Doug Reuter, Richard H. Merry and Ben Robinson

 

We believe great wine is made in the vineyard.

Precision Viticulture & Sustainability

Our terroir and vines are the lifeblood of our wines, so we actively care for the environment in which they are situated so they remain healthy for generations to come. Both low tech and high tech approaches are playing their part in our precision viticulture and sustainability journey.

We continuously improve our approaches and judiciously introduce new technology across all aspects of grape and wine production to support our enduring focus on raising the quality bar for grape cultivation, sustainably managing our natural resources, and nurturing our vine and soil health.

We are a member of Entwine Australia, the Australian wine industry’s sustainability program, and are enrolled in the Freshcare Environmental Viticulture program.