English immigrant Charles King planted the Old Hill Vineyard on rich, volcanic soil in Pokolbin in 1880. The particular volcanic structure found on the Old Hill, formed over millions of years, can only be found in a small number of patches in the Hunter Valley. Incredibly, Maurice O’Shea identified two of these sites, the Old Hill and Rosehill. These sites create distinctive, earthy reds with the structure and fruit intensity to last decades.

 

Vineyard Characteristics

Location:

Pokolbin, Lower Hunter Valley, NSW

Elevation:

130-165m

Size:

3.11ha

Varieties:

Shiraz

Vine Orientation:

North-South

Vines Per Hectare:

1790

Row Spacing:

3.6m

Vine Spacing:

1.5m

Soil Type:

Red and yellow Podzolic over medium clays

Trellising:

Vertical Shoot Positioning

Irrigation:

Drip irrigation

Harvest:

February; entirely handpicked