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 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 son Christo, who loves tractors and all things on wheels.
ACE OF TRUMPS
Ace of Trumps is a tribute to my family’s race horse, which won the Adelaide Cup in 1874.
This vineyard was planted in 2001 after extensive development, planning and site preparations, including detailed soil mapping to allow optimal varietal and clone selection, and vineyard layout. Nine hectares are planted with Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, in Seaview, a sub-region of McLaren Vale. The vineyard is mostly south-facing, which helps to keep the microclimate relatively mild in summer and the fruit and vines protected from summerís hot northerly winds. The vineyard is in outstanding condition, with remarkable 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.