Our Vineyards

Family owned vineyards located in the some of the world’s oldest mineral rich soils…

Our family owned vineyards are planted on their own rootstock in some of the world’s oldest mineral rich soils and in the most temperate of Mediterranean climates. Located in the south-western corner of the McLaren Vale region just 2km from the Gulf St Vincent, the vines benefit from fresh breezes from the ocean in the afternoons and gully winds from the hills in the evenings. These serve to cool the vineyard down, and ensure that the grapes do not over-ripen. Instead we are able to maintain elegant, balanced fruit flavours, and allow our unique earthy character to shine through.


The vineyards are located on a steep slope, estimated to be approximately 15%. Perched at the top of the hill is our Governor Block. This is exclusively Shiraz territory and where the fruit for our Governor and O’Aristocratis is sourced. The soil is a shallow red/black sandy clay loam, rich in iron oxide, under which a semi permeable limestone ridge lies. This creates a dry profile around the roots, allowing our viticultural team to achieve balanced canopies and yield – the perfect conditions for top quality Shiraz.


The upper panels of the hill lie on a shallow red loam topsoil with limestone sub-strata. The soil is free-draining with loose stones of ironstone and limestone. As the slope travels south the soil depth increases. The silt and clay content across the lower part of the hill result in higher vine vigour due to the drainage and extra storage capacity of surface and irrigation water. The deep clay and high organic matter content provides an excellent reserve of winter rainfall which is harnessed by the vines and can avoid the need for irrigation in some summer seasons. The soil is well suited to the balanced growth of both Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, allowing the vines to produce fruit with consistently dense primary fruit characters and fine grained tannin structure.


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