Once the home of volcanic activity, the Rosehill Vineyard is located at one of the Hunter Valley’s highest elevations.
Now regarded as one of the elite vineyards of the Hunter Valley, Maurice O’Shea negotiated to purchase the land from Emily Dunn during the Second World War, in March 1945. He was looking for a similar site to that of Mount Pleasant and what he found was 22 hectares of rich, volcanic loam soil with patches of limestone and eroded basalt. This fertile soil is ideal for producing full-flavoured red grapes and O’Shea sensibly devoted it solely to Shiraz plantings and renamed the property the Rosehill Vineyard.
In 1965, a further 22 hectares 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.
Pokolbin, Lower Hunter Valley, NSW
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
Rich volcanic loam
Vertical Shoot Positioning and Cordon Ballerina; ensuring maximum sunlight penetration
February; Old Vines and small parcels handpicked; remaining machine harvested at night