Lot 100 Vineyard
Planted in the 1870s as some of the first Shiraz vines planted in Australia. The single ancient block at the base of the vineyard has continually produced extraordinary Shiraz for over 150 years and is a piece of Australian viticultural history. The vineyard is located on the Eastern edge of the Barossa Valley, with the cooling influence of the gully breezes from Eden Valley complimenting the warmer influence of the western aspect of vineyard. The vineyard holds a commanding position looking down to the valley for growing premium Barossa Shiraz.
Drip Irrigation: All sites are drip irrigated which provides us with the most control over water management. Each vine has its own dripper, targeting the base of the vine to ensure minimal wastage. We have soil moisture probes in our vineyards measuring moisture content so we are only watering when the vines need it.
Conscious Spraying: Our growing period sees minimal interference with foliage control. We only apply minimal fungicide sprays (less than 10 applications per season) and keep our pesticide use to an absolute minimum.
Soil Testing: We conduct regular soil tests to uncover exactly what our sites are in need of and distribute those specifics accordingly, ensuring no wastage and unlocking full block potential. We are doing this not only in younger vineyards but in the rejuvenation of old vineyards that are 50, 100, and 150 years of age.
Cover Crops: During our dormant period, all our vines are hand pruned. The cane prunings are mulched back into every other mid-row, while the opposite mid-rows are cultivated with clover, barley, vetch and the like. This adds structure, prevents erosion, delivers nitrogen and attracts beneficial insects.