Produced from grapes grown at Pipers Brook and at Strathlynn
on the west bank of the Tamar River, 70km away. Northeast sites, close
to Bass Strait, are subject to strong maritime influences. Hillside slopes in
the Tamar Valley offer vines some protection from prevailing westerly
winds, promoting warm, settled and relatively dry growing conditions.
Sites around Pipers Brook feature Ferrosol (volcanic) soils, while those in the Tamar Valley are 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. Pioneering clonal selection and mass selection sites of vines ageing up to 40 years consistently provides concentration and depth of character. Vines are grown on Vertical Shoot Positioned (VSP) trellises, which help to expose bunches to the sun, thus achieving full ripeness with well-balanced flavours and fine, ripe tannins. All fruit is picked and sorted by hand.