Rosehill

O'Shea renamed the property the Rosehill Vineyard in 1945, and the area was planted to Hermitage, as Shiraz was called in those days, proving an outstanding success.

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.

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