Our grapes are grown on the Meadowbank vineyard, located in southern Tasmania, 60km northwest of Hobart. The vineyards rugged topography is bounded by the fast flowing, pristine waters of the Derwent River.
Property owners Gerald and Sue Ellis established the first plantings in 1974 and the vineyard holds a special place in the history of Tasmanian viticulture. The late Stephen Hickinbotham was early to recognise the potential of cool climate viticulture on the site, making Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling between 1981 and 1984.
Pinot Noir vines were planted in 1989 and vine age plays an important role in the development of fruit flavour and balance.
The vineyard is at an elevation of 70 metres above the river and has a north-easterly aspect, optimal for capturing sunlight and ripening the grapes. The site experiences relatively low summer and autumn rainfall which reduces disease pressure as grapes ripen.
Soils range from brown loams to sandy loams over structured clays and sandstone rock. They are of a devigorating nature, contributing to balanced growth and good vine structure.
Our association with Gerald and Sue Ellis extends over 28 years and their contribution as grape growers is integral to us achieving the wine quality that we aspire to.
COOL CLIMATE WINES
Our grapes are grown on the Meadowbank vineyard, approximately 60 kms northwest of Hobart. Its rugged topography is bounded by the fast flowing, pristine waters of the Derwent River. These grapes are used to create our unique Chardonnay and Pinot Noir single vineyard wines.