A love for the Barossa and its rich history for great full flavoured reds led Sam and myself, in 1996, to buy a 1.5 hectare plot of ancient Grenache bush vines farmed by a famous local pioneer, Elmore Schulz. For a few years we both worked full time and tended our little vineyard on the weekends. In 2001 I decided to make our lives easier and I left my paying job to establish the rest of our vineyard. The site proved itself to be outstanding for growing vines for red wine, so I planted up the remaining 3.51 hecatres with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Tempranillo.
In those early years I made a little bit of wine for ourselves, under Sam’s tutelage. Sam, a Roseworthy graduate, began working as a winemaker in 1993 so I was able to learn everything I needed to know from him. In 2004 I made my first wine for commercial release.
The grapes are hand pruned and hand picked from our low yielding single vineyard. The sandy loam over clay soil type allows the vines to experience just enough stress so they produce small berries with great flavour concentration.