Our family vineyard is located at the southern end of Margaret River, just 8k's from the coast and the soil here is a heavy ironstone gravel loam, mixed with some clay.
Working with just under 6 hectares of vines, the vintage 2018 wines will be produced in limited quantities. We've also started preparing 0.3 hectares for a new Italian variety, to be planted in July.
We're pleased to report that while we had strong growth in spring, it was tempered by the dry months of December and most of January (15mls on the 17th). Once again our 17-year-old Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc were all 'dry grown', producing berries with a high concentration of flavour.
Vintage started off with an early morning pick in the western block of Chardonnay on 27th February with a team of 7 pickers, following with the eastern block on 2nd March, with only 9 rows to pick. 10 rows of Semillon and 8 rows of plump looking Sauvignon Blanc were harvested together on the 10th March. After weeks of ideal mild-warm weather we finished on 12th April after a late morning harvest of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Now, the grapes are under Stuart’s guidance in the winery and the flock of Wilshire sheep are happily grazing amongst the vines!
If you haven't already, it's time to indulge in our Chardonnay!