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With autumn approaching, the most rewarding and equally challenging time has arrived for us. Choosing the best time for harvest is a fine balance between optimum Baumé and fruit flavour.

The climate of our picturesque valley delivers hot and dry summer days, but cool nights, which aid in slow fruit ripening and complex flavour development. But nevertheless, Mother Nature always manages to throw obstacles in the way to the likes of spring frosts, drought, rain and fires.

The welcoming end of the drought in 2010 started with an unusual cold October with snowfalls down to 350m! Hard to believe, but the young vine shoots on the estate were covered with a fine layer of snow. It looked pretty and the snow protected the young shoots from frost! Not long after, heavy rainfalls ended the 10 year drought.

The extremely wet conditions and shortage of chemicals in Australia caused the rapid spread of mildew in our vineyard. Sadly, most of our 2011 crop was destroyed. Only the Italian variety Sangiovese saw the end of this wet 2011 vintage.

Since 2012, we are enjoying less viticultural challenges and more rewards. The vineyards have been producing some exceptional vintages adding reserve-style wines to the estate range. Plus a new star is born!

As early pioneers in the region, we planted the Italian variety Sangiovese in 2001. We sourced the cuttings of this alternative red variety from the late Dr Bailey Carrodus of Yarra Yering. The vines of this unknown clone are thriving in our vineyard and have been producing great wines since 2010. If you love Sangiovese, a visit to our cellar door won’t disappoint (unless it is sold out!).