Heathcote wine growing region
The 4 acre vineyard is located near the small town of Tooborac which is at the southern end of the Heathcote wine growing region.
Now covered by a state forest the area surrounding the vineyard was alive in the 1890’s with mining activity including the strike at “Mundy Gully” which yielded 4,825ozs of gold.
The site is on the western slope of a hill formed through the uplift of the Heathcote fault. This geological feature has exposed ancient Ordovician period rock that has weathered to form an iron rich red soil with interspersed quartz gravel.
The roots of the grape vines can penetrate this gravelly, light clay to a depth of 2 metres and it has good water holding capacity.
The vines have been planted at intervals of 1.5 metres in rows 3.0 metres apart. The rows have a North/South orientation that coincidentally follow the contours of the hill.
Cane pruning has been adopted using bi-lateral cordons and vertical shoot positioning. A natural approach has been adopted to management of the vineyard including minimal spraying and maintaining native grasses in the mid rows. These mid rows are controlled by the grazing of Dorper Sheep. This keeps the grasses in check and provides a natural source of fertilizer.
THE FINAL STAGES
During the final ripening of the grapes (véraison) the vines are covered with netting to protect the crop from birds.