In 1967, a further 22ha were purchased beside the original vineyard and this also was planted to Shiraz. Unlike the original planting, which was planted with 15’ row spacing, the rows were more closely spaced due to the improvement in trellis design and cultivating implements, resulting in greater bearing potential.

 

Vineyard Characteristics

Location:

Pokolbin, Lower Hunter Valley, NSW

Elevation:

60-100m

Size:

27ha

Varieties:

Shiraz

Vine Orientation:

Mainly East-West; some areas of the vineyard are planted North -South to the contours of the land to allow good sunlight

Vines Per Hectare:

2000

Row Spacing:

3.35m

Vine Spacing:

1.5m

Soil Type:

Rich volcanic loam

Trellising:

Vertical Shoot Positioning and Cordon Ballerina; ensuring maximum sunlight penetration

Irrigation:

Drip irrigation

Harvest:

February; Old Vines and small parcels handpicked; remaining machine harvested at night