As stated on the back label of our wines, “The fundamental quality and character of fine wine comes from the vineyard where the grapes are grown”. We source our grapes from four established vineyards in the Moorooduc sub-region of the Mornington Peninsula, one hour’s drive from Melbourne’s central business district.
Most of the vines across these four vineyards are managed by spur pruning and vertical shoot positioning. During the growing season, the vines receive intensive, hands on attention, which we believe is necessary to produce quality fruit in our climate. Shoots are thinned early in the season to achieve ideal shoot density in the canopy. Three pairs of moveable catch wires are lifted progressively to produce a vertical canopy. Trimming is done at least once and leaf plucking on the east side of the canopy is usually done, especially for Pinot Noir.
Fine-tuning of crop levels occurs a few weeks before veraison (the phase when the berries soften and colour appears in the red grapes), when required. (Accurate estimation of cropping levels is essential here. It is extremely difficult to achieve and our viticulturist Hugh Robinson is a master).
In our region which abounds with bird life, we need to put nets over our vines. This is done as soon as we notice the colour change in the Pinot Noir. This usually occurs in mid January.
All the fruit is hand harvested and this usually occurs during March.
In the winery, the emphasis is on gentle handling of the fruit and natural wine making methods with some quality control.