Established in 1996, Sophie’s Hill vineyard in Meadows is one of the highest altitude premium sites in the Adelaide Hills Wine Region. The yields and vine growth are in natural balance and vines produce consistent low quantities of super premium fruit, with delicate flavours that represent the terroir of the site.
The soil is uniform across the vineyard where the top soil consists of a shallow shaley loam overlying a free draining loamy clay with fragments of shale and ironstone. The altitude of the site ranges from 450–520m where each variety has been planted to suit the sites topography to ensure super premium wine production. The Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are grown on south facing cooler slopes and Shiraz grown on the north facing warmer, less vigorous slopes. The Pinot Gris is planted at the highest point with row orientation east/west to ensure none of the fruit is exposed to the afternoon sun.
Sophie’s Hill is named after Mark’s seven-year-old daughter Sophie, who loves catching yabbies and having bonfires on the farm.
Christo’s Paddock vineyard is located on premium dirt, just off the Angas River, in the Langhorne Creek Wine Region. The vines were planted in 1989 into free-draining thick brown loamy sand over a red brown sandy clay loam, which are calcerous at depth. The vines receive minimal irrigation and naturally produce low yields of small berries and open bunches.
Vine growth is in perfect balance, inputs are minimal and the Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec fruit from these old vines is arguably some of the best from the region. The fruit is highly sought-after and we select a small proportion for our own premium Shiraz, Cabernet and Malbec.
Christo’s Paddock is named after Mark’s five-year-old son Christo, who loves tractors and all things on wheels.
The vineyard is located north of the McLaren Vale township on Chapel Hill Road, in the McLaren Vale sub-region of Seaview. The property is surrounded by other highly regarded vineyards owned by Chapel Hill, Samuel’s Gorge, Accolade Wines and Treasury Wine Estates. The location is generally referred to as “Seaview” because of the great views on offer and the original namesake winery in the area.
The vineyard was planted in 2001 after extensive development planning and site preparations. The quality of improvements and infrastructure on the site is first class from the trellising materials, establishing of contours, roadways and leveling of vineyard blocks to increase uniformity. Extensive drainage has been installed to divert storm water into the dam and reduce soil saturation in the lower lying areas. Prior to planting of the vineyard there was detailed soil mapping undertaken to allow blocks layout and varietal selection to be optimised. In summary the vineyard and improvements are in outstanding condition, with excellent uniformity across the property resulting in consistent low yields of icon quality fruit.
Our Karrawatta label from this vineyard will be released in a couple of years from fruit crushed in vintage 2017, when we crushed small volumes of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.