We are committed to growing healthy and beautiful tasting grapes that produce exceptional wines through environmentally sound and sustainable practices to ensure the vineyard remains in balance with nature.

 

Hand pruned and harvested

We hand prune the vines and hand pick the grapes, optimising the potential of terroir expression in the wine. Machine harvesting is brutal on vines due to its tendency to rupture the grape berry. Once this occurs the skin phenolics leach into the juice and result in a loss of delicacy in flavour, particularly in white wines.

Land care

This is a non-tillage vineyard; preventing fertile top-soil from eroding. We allow perennial native grasses to grow in each row, mowing twice annually, this approach allows for better moisture retention and less irrigation. Abundant wildlife including wallabies and kangaroos regularly graze the vineyard, while the surrounding habitat is home to koalas, wombats, various birds and even a platypus!

 

No insecticides

Insecticides kill good with the bad insects and mites. We avoid using insecticides even if it means losing a small percentage of grapes. Not using insecticides also allow spiders to thrive. As the image below shows spiders tangle webs around bunches creating natural pest control without synthetic insecticides. 

 

 

 

Steel - not treated pine posts

The trellising used in almost all non-organic Australian vineyards are treated pine posts that contain chemicals including arsenic; potentially leaching into the soil. Fortunately our vineyard was established with recycled steel railway tracks and steel posts, with only a solitary pine post in each long row.

Minimal irrigation

Limiting irrigation does mean smaller crops but allows for concentration of juice, resulting in intense fruit flavour. The vines also develop deeper and wider root systems that penetrate into the soil profile giving the grapes a greater expression of the terroir. Minimal water is used only during extreme dry periods, sourced entirely from our property's natural springs.