Produced from sites at Pipers Brook and from Strathlynn in the West Tamar, 70km away. Northeast sites are close to Bass Strait and are subject to strong maritime influences. The Tamar Valley’s hillside slopes offer vines some protection from prevailing westerly winds, promoting warm, settled conditions for much of the growing season. The latter has surprisingly low rainfall.
Sites in the Tamar Valley are a mixture of brown Chromosol and Vertosol (black cracking clay) soils. Both soil types have excellent water holding capacity, offering a steady supply of moisture and nourishment to the
vines throughout the growing season. Predominantly cane-pruned, Vertical Shoot Positioned (VSP) trellises, which expose bunches to the sun. 30 Year old vines give consistently low yields with increase concentration and flavour. Selected leaf-plucking achieves full ripeness with fleshy flavours.