Longwood East Victoria
As we are a boutique vineyard we have the opportunity to concentrate on true quality, manipulating the vines and their requirements to produce the best possible fruit. The grapes were fermented in open vats in the traditional method, and matured in French and American oak.
We are phyloxera free and have a spray regime to minimize disease. The vines are capable of producing 4 tonnes to the acre but we aim to only harvest low tonnage over the whole 4.5 acres. This means a severe pruning at veraison so the vines can concentrate on the flavours we want.
In our first year here we set about turning the front horse paddock into 1.8 hectares of shiraz. Planted in November 2005 from cuttings generously given by our neighbour, they have thrived and continue to deliver stunning award winning vintages each year.
This 20 acre property was acquired by Jenny Houghton in 1994, for its viticulture potential and as a location for her bed and breakfast cottage.
3 acres was hand planted in 1997 into a light sandy loam. It is ideally situated in the Strathbogie Wine Region right on the border with the Goulburn Valley.
Planting has increased to 6 acres; 2 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and 4 acres of Shiraz.
Strict viticultural policy with pruning, spraying and hand picking has achieved the required low yield per vine. This has consistently produced small berries of intense colour and flavour.
The altitude of 200 metres, combined with the light sandy loam and intensive monitoring, has produced grapes that enable a wine of elegance and complexity to be produced.