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The grapes used to make our quality wines are sourced from our estate owned and managed vineyards. Our premium Coonawarra vineyard lovingly named the 'Home Block' is a single, two-hectare vineyard of Cabernet Sauvignon, which surrounds the Tocaciu family home.
“The first vines were planted around our home in the seventies. The quality of this fruit was fantastic, which lead to additional vines being planted in the eighties.”– Pat Tocaciu
The Home Block vineyard’s 3406 vines are low yielding, producing between one and two kilograms of fruit per vine, resulting in concentrated, fantastic quality wine that goes into our Grande Reserve and Home Block Cabernets.
In 2011 we purchased another Coonawarra vineyard to ensure we had access to additional volumes of premium cool climate fruit. This vineyard is currently planted with 3.5 ha of Riesling, 10 ha of Sauvignon Blanc and a 17.5 ha of the varietal synonymous with Coonawarra, Cabernet Sauvignon.
Our Wrattonbully vineyards feature almost 55 hectares of vines containing three white and three red varieties. The stalactite and stalagmite calcite formations together with rich fossil beds belonging to the world heritage-listed Naracoorte Caves lie beneath the vineyard and serve as the foundations for its fertile soils and unique characteristics.
Best practice viticulture techniques such as minimal spraying, organic composting, and canopy management are employed to produce optimal fruit. All the hard work and attention to detail in the vineyard ensures that the fruit for our wines is full of flavour and shows distinct, varital character.The growing conditions in both Coonawarra and Wrattonbully are ideal for producing wine of exceptional character, quality and longevity. The cool climate combined with an exceptionally long ripeing period allows for balanced acids in the grapes and gentle fruit flavour development. Our vineyards continue to produce high quality fruit year after year, which is a credit to our team and the methods we employ.
“A great wine starts in a great vineyard.”