Our vineyard is located on the property at Bay of Shoals, just north of Kingscote, Kangaroo Island.
In 1992 we put in a nursery bed of cuttings and the resultant rootlings were planted in 1993. Our first harvest of Cabernet Sauvignon was in 1998, Chardonnay followed in 1999, Shiraz in 2000, Riesling in 2001 and Sauvignon Blanc in 2004.
More recently we have planted Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Savagnin Blanc which will be harvested for the first time in 2012.
We have 10 hectares of vines and currently produce approximately 50 tonnes of grapes per year and now sell as much as we make, even with the addition of grapes from Nepean Ridge vineyard which we lease and manage.
The majority of our vines are now on rootstock to improve drought resistance, saline tolerance and give us protection against phylloxera.
We have doubled the density of our plantings to reflect the European style, planting the vines 1 metre apart, and we expect that this will result in greater consistency and quality of the wines. The climate is Mediterranean modified by our coastal location giving a true maritime environment which leads to a slower ripening period with enhanced flavours and protects against extremes of temperature. We have never experienced a frost to date.
Our beach block Shiraz cuttings were taken from Penfolds Magill Estate vineyard and were sailed to the Island in Enchantress into the teeth of a sou’westerly gale. The Penfolds Magill Estate vineyard is famous for its Grange Hermitage wines.
Our Riesling vines are 30m from water edge and thought to be the closest to the sea of anywhere in the world.
Our olives were planted in 2003 and are mostly Kalamata and Giant Kalamata olives which provide a nice accompaniment to our wines. There are Mediterranean olives (about 20%) planted around the perimeter to improve pollination and to provide olive oil.