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The Paddocks

Vineyard

We are on a quest for individuality and quality in our vineyards with painstaking attention to detail paid by our viticultural team. If you have been to our Cellar Door you will have been to the Cellar Vineyard. We have another block within 500 metres of the cellar door; the original McLaren Vale Church Vineyard. Finally we have the Black Sheep Vineyard located in the sub-region of Blewitt Springs.

Sourcing grapes from our own vineyards means we have control over the yield and flavour. As a grape grower the objective is high yields. As a winemaker the objective is perfect balance of flavour. The two are somewhat incompatible. We manage our vineyards for flavour not for yield and this shows in our wines.

We practice a minimal approach to viticulture. Blessed with the ideal grape growing conditions of McLaren Vale the grapes virtually look after themselves, and that is the way we like it - with as little interference from people and chemicals as possible.

Minimal amounts of water are applied to the vines to produce small concentrated bunches of berries that are jam packed with flavour. A principle that clearly pays off once you taste the wines.

Grape Varieties

Small quantities of interesting grape varieties are our thing. We think that just as one doesn't eat the same meal every day, there is excitement and interest in appreciating the different flavours that other grape varieties offer. We grow 10 different varieties from the mainstream to the fringe.

Cabernet Sauvignon: the most noble of red grapes. When grown in McLaren Vale its aromas and flavours are blackcurrant and blackberry.

Merlot: a food friendly red with plump sweet flavours and light fine tannins. Subtle soft and velvety.

Sangiovese: the native grape of Tuscany, has found a natural place on our land, producing wines of great intensity and flavour. Sweet and savoury cherry flavours predominate the aroma and palate.

Shiraz: the fuel that powers McLaren Vale. Intense and complex, rich and luscious. Deep coloured blackberry and raspberry flavours with velvet tannins.

Tempranillo: the most widely planted red grape in Spain. Has a distinctive strawberry and cherry flavour. Combines well with oak.

Saperavi: ancient Georgian red grape. This is a teinturier (red juice) grape, with high acidity. Ideal for blending, very interesting on its own.

 
Cellar Vineyard

Cellar Vineyard

The Cellar Vineyard is home to our Cellar Door. There are 22 acres of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and is the source of fruit for our 'Black Blood I' Single Vineyard Shiraz.

Church Vineyard

Church Vineyard

Head down to the corner of McMurtrie & Strout Roads and you will find the original Church Vineyard. This vineyard has been owned by the Hamilton family since 1947 and Hugh's eclectic varities live here; Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Saperavi, plus some magnificent Shiraz.

Black Sheep Vineyard

Black Sheep Vineyard

Located in the sub-region of Blewitt Springs, this property is flanked by orchard and old fig trees. Among the 24 acres of vines are our senior citizens; 100 year old Shiraz and 95 year old Cabernet Sauvignon vines.

Saperavi Vines

Saperavi

12 rows of this unique variety are planted in the Church Vineyard, with the first rows planted in 2001.

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